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The symptoms of an adhesive capsulitis

Let's set things straight immediately: adhesive capsulitis is a benign condition that resolves spontaneously without surgery, except in very rare cases. Only problem is: it sometimes takes forever to heal...
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The symptoms of an adhesive capsulitis

Let's set things straight immediately: adhesive capsulitis is a benign condition that resolves spontaneously without surgery, except in very rare cases. Only problem is: it sometimes takes forever to heal...
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The symptoms of an adhesive capsulitis

Let’s set things straight immediately: adhesive capsulitis is a benign condition that resolves spontaneously without surgery, except in very rare cases. Only problem is: it sometimes takes forever to heal…

What are the most common causes?

In most cases, called “primary capsulitis”, the cause is unknown (in clinical medicine, we presumptuously use the term “idiopathic,” thus designating the doctor as the idiot and the patient as pathetic…). It is most likely due to a phenomenon of excessive scarring (i.e., an immune system that produces too much fibrous tissue) following a very minor injury or prolonged immobilization.

People with other autoimmune disorders, such as diabetes or thyroid pathologies, are at increased risk and experience more severe episodes. Fortunately, the human body has “biofeedback” mechanisms that tend to make adjustments and gradually resorb the fibrous tissue that has formed. The drawback is that this process takes time, sometimes up to two or three years (in insulin-dependent diabetics).
A second category, the “secondary capsulitis), is related to stiffness that is induced by a trauma (e.g. fracture, dislocation).

What are the symptoms?

  • Clinically, adhesive primary capsulitis initially resembles bursitis or tendinitis (pain on exertion, worse at night) but, as the weeks go by, the shoulder becomes increasingly stiff. This is the first stage: inflammation.
  • A total loss of movement follows: this is the “frozen shoulder” stage. Inflammation has caused excessive fibrous tissue to form on the shoulder capsule, causing adhesions that make it difficult to raise the arm or put the hand behind the back.
  • In the third and final “recovery” stage, movement is regained as spontaneously as it was lost. Usual course: 6 to 18 months.

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