Adhesive Capsulitis | Overview


What is adhesive capsulitis?

Adhesive capsulitis (say: “add-he-sive cap-sool-eye-tis”) is when you lose the ability to move your shoulder around in all directions without pain. Doctors sometimes refer to this problem as "frozen shoulder" because your shoulder can become stiff and it may be difficult for you to move it at all.


Adhesive Capsulitis: A Sticky Issue by LB Siegel, M.D., NJ Cohen, M.D., and EP Gall, M.D. (American Family Physician April 01, 1999,

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00