Adhesive Capsulitis is often referred to as a frozen shoulder. Its principal characteristics are pain and contracture. Shoulder pain associated with Adhesive Capsulitis is progressive in nature. When one has Adhesive Capsulitis, combined movement such as reaching for a seatbelt overhead or reaching for a back pocket causes pain. Adhesive Capsulitis causes a progressive loss of passive range of motion.
The condition is diagnosed by history, physical examination and imaging studies. The best physical therapy modality is a strength maintenance program. Intra-articular steroid injections have been used. Shoulder manipulations under anesthesia, as well as surgery is sometimes required.
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