Adhesive Capsulitis

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

If you cannot move your shoulder around like you used to, you might have adhesive capsulitis. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When it hurts to move your shoulder or you do not have as much movement in your shoulder as before, you may have adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, as doctors sometimes refer to the condition.

You should be able to move your shoulder in all directions without pain. If you have pain or stiffness in your shoulder when you try to move your shoulder, it could be due to adhesive capsulitis.

If you do not use your shoulder enough or if you use it the wrong way, your shoulder will develop scar tissue that stops it from moving much. Your doctor will tell you about exercises you should do to help break up the scar tissue in your shoulder. Many people who have adhesive capsulitis get back full use of their shoulder. Others always have a little stiffness and pain in that shoulder. This stiffness usually is not very bad. You should be able to do all the activities you were doing before this happened.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.