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The frozen shoulder and "adhesive capsulitis"

A "frozen shoulder" occurs when a patient loses most of the motion in his or her shoulder and when it becomes difficult and painful to move the joint at all. Doctors tend to use the term "adhesive capsulitis" to describe this process because it is thought to be the result of scarring and contractures of the shoulder capsule that surrounds the joint. When the layers of the shoulder's joint capsule form abnormal scar tissue and adhesions the amount of motion that is possible with the shoulder becomes limited. As the shoulder is moved less and less, the scarring and contractures often become worse.

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