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Dr. Geoffrey Higgs
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Adhesive Capsulitis (Overview)

Adhesive capsulitis is also known as Frozen shoulder. Adhesive capsulitis is a process of joint stiffening caused by capsular thickening or scarring. It can be post-traumatic, post-operative, or idiopathic (unknown cause). Hallmarks are loss of motion and often joint pain. Treatment is usually initially aggressive physical therapy.


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What is the definition or description of: adhesive capsulitis?

What is the definition or description of: adhesive capsulitis?

Scarring of joint: Adhesive capsulitis is a process of joint stiffening caused by capsular thickening or scarring. It can be post-traumatic, post-operative, or idiopathic (unknown cause). Hallmarks are loss of motion and often joint pain. Treatment is usually initially aggressive physical therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Higgs
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Adhesive Capsulitis (Overview)

Adhesive capsulitis is also known as Frozen shoulder. Adhesive capsulitis is a process of joint stiffening caused by capsular thickening or scarring. It can be post-traumatic, post-operative, or idiopathic (unknown cause). Hallmarks are loss of motion and often joint pain. Treatment is usually initially aggressive physical therapy.


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Are the symptoms of adhesive capsulitis of shoulder bad?

Are the symptoms of adhesive capsulitis of shoulder bad?

Yes: Symptoms of adhesive capsulitis involve decreased mobility of the shoulder joint and pain with movement. ...Read more

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What are some food or supplement that would help in treating frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis?

NSAIDs: Maybe helpful. Also consider supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin. Lastly if not improving consider how platelet therapy or stem cells can be helpful for you. Check out Regenexx.Com ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of adhesive capsulitis of shoulder?

What's the best treatment to get rid of adhesive capsulitis of shoulder?

Stretching: Adhesive capsulitis aka "frozen shoulder" occurs when the shoulder capsule becomes thickened, contracted, and adherent. The most effective treatment is a gradual, progressive stretching and/or physical therapy program that mobilizes and stretches the shoulder capsule. Oral meds and injections can help with pain. If symptoms persist, surgical release is performed. Postop stretching is critical. ...Read more

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I have had adhesive capsulitis on left shoulder for 9 months now . I am beginig to feel pain on right arm . How can I prevent AC on my right arm ?

I have had adhesive capsulitis on left shoulder for 9 months now . I am beginig to feel pain on right arm . How can I prevent AC on my right arm ?

Keep your motion: First off see a specialist to determine the underlying risk factor for the capsulitis (diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, etc) and make sure the these risk factors are treated as well as the stiffness. Then i would implement a stringent bilateral range of motion program with a physical therapist. If you still lack motion after 6 months to a year then you may want to discuss surgical options. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: adhesive capsulitis?

Scarring of joint: Adhesive capsulitis is a process of joint stiffening caused by capsular thickening or scarring. It can be post-traumatic, post-operative, or idiopathic (unknown cause). Hallmarks are loss of motion and often joint pain. Treatment is usually initially aggressive physical therapy. ...Read more

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How long does a case of adhesive capsulitis syndrome usually last?

Inflamed shoulder: Adhesive capsulitis is an inflammatory shrinkage of the shoulder capsule that limits motion and causes pain. We do not know what causes this process to start. It will resolve without treatment is in 2-5 years, but you should seek treatment of steroid injections and pt. If that fails to help after 6 months, you are a candidate for an arthroscopic capsular release. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get adhesive capsulitis of shoulder, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get adhesive capsulitis of shoulder, or is it unusual?

Not common: I would not say lots of people have adhesive capsulitis but it is not uncommon either. Most of the time it happens for reasons unknown in your non-dominant arm. It is best treated with management of the symptoms and rest. I can take upwards of 12-18 months to resolve. On rare occasions, surgery, therapy and injections are helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Frozen Shoulder (Definition)

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a disorder of the shoulder causing pain, stiffness and loss of motion. Injury, inflammation and/or medical disorders, especially diabetes, causes the shoulder joint capsule to contract. This contraction of the joint capsule is initially painful and results in loss of motion. Sometimes injections and therapy can resolve the ...Read more