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Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis Causes

There is actually no definite identified cause that can explain the occurrence of the frozen shoulders.

Adhesive Capsulitis Definition

Adhesive capsulitis is also known as frozen shoulders, a condition that is characterized by the abnormal stiffness and pain on the shoulder joint area. As the condition progresses and worsens, the individual will experience a limited range of motion. This condition usually affects one shoulder at a time.

Adhesive Capsulitis Diagnosis

The primary method for diagnosing a frozen shoulder is through a physical examination. Imaging tests may also be required to determine other possible underlying cause.

Adhesive Capsulitis Symptoms and Signs

Frozen shoulder normally develops slowly, and typically follows three stages of development, each stage lasting over several months or so. On the first stage, pain occurs with the movement of the shoulder with a gradual reduction of range of motion. As the pain diminishes, the shoulders grow stiffer with significant difficulty of moving the affected area. After several months, the shoulder starts to improve on its own.

Adhesive Capsulitis Treatment

While in most cases, the shoulder will gradually heal on its own, the condition can last for several months, hampering normal activities as well as the discomfort brought about by the pain. Physical therapy is often recommended along with pain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heal and cold compress, consticisteroids, surgery and shoulder manipulations.

Drugs used for treatment of Adhesive Capsulitis


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