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Management of adhesive capsulitis

Authors Stupay K, Neviaser A

Received 8 April 2015

Accepted for publication 2 June 2015

Published 24 August 2015 Volume 2015:7 Pages 83—94

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/ORR.S56317

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Professor Clark Hung


Kristen L Stupay,1 Andrew S Neviaser2

1Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA; 2George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder is a condition of capsular contracture that reduces both active and passive glenohumeral motion. The cause of adhesive capsulitis is not known but it is strongly associated with endocrine abnormalities such as diabetes. Diverse terminology and the absence of definitive criteria for diagnosis make evaluating treatment modalities difficult. Many treatment methods have been reported, most with some success, but few have been proved to alter the natural course of this disease. Most afflicted patients will achieve acceptable shoulder function without surgery. Those who remain debilitated after 8–12 months are reasonable candidates for invasive treatments. Here, the various treatment methods and the data to support their use are reviewed.

Keywords: frozen shoulder, stiff shoulder, periarthritis, painful shoulder
 

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