Adhesive Capsulitis | Causes & Risk Factors

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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.

Source

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, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990401ap/1843.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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