Adhesive capsulitis is the progressive loss of passive mobility of the shoulder. It involves diffuse pain in the anterolateral region of the shoulder. Adhesive capsulitis (also called “frozen shoulder”) is a condition of unknown aetiology characterised by a progressive loss of passive mobility and severe limitation of shoulder range of motion without known intrinsic pathology.
– It affects 2%-5% of the population.
– It is more common in women than in men.
– It appears especially between 40 and 60 years old.
Exercises and physiotherapy are beneficial and constitute the basis of treatment.
If conservative treatment is not successful, there are effective alternatives such as hydraulic distension of the joint capsule or arthroscopic anterior capsulotomy.