Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis is a condition that results in painful shoulder with restricted range of motion. This is a rather common syndrome that develops in individuals as a result of prolonged immobility. It is characterized by profound loss of range of motion actively and passively in the shoulder joint. Generally, it is seen in the age group of 40-60 years of age, and more commonly in females


What causes adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)?

This condition is usually the end result of prolonged immobility that may be due to pain (bursitis, rotator cuff strain/tear, recent shoulder surgery) but also has been found to develop spontaneously with other conditions (Diabetes Mellitus, thyroid dysfunction, auto-immune conditions, etc.). The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.

What are the symptoms of adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)?

  • Limited range of motion
  • Freezing/Stiffening of the shoulder

Common Treatments Available for Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)