Adhesive Capsulitis | Causes & Risk Factors


What causes adhesive capsulitis?

Adhesive capsulitis develops when the connective tissue in your shoulder joint tightens and restricts your joint's movement. Often, this occurs after a time when you have been less active because of another injury, such as a rotator cuff injury, broken arm or recovering from a surgery.

People 40 years of age and older are at higher risk for adhesive capsulitis, especially women. Certain health conditions, including diabetes, can also put you at higher risk.


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