Idiopathic adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: a review

S Brue, A Valentin, M Forssblad, S Werner, C Mikkelsen, G Cerulli
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy 2007, 15 (8): 1048-54
Many terms have been used to describe what has been called idiopathic adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. This pathology is defined as a self-limiting condition of unknown etiology. The natural history is 18-30 months even though a high-percentage of patient present impaired range of movement even at long-term follow-up. The diagnosis is mainly clinical and no significant changes are normally present at MRI or CT scan. Several treatment options have been tried over the years with different approaches and results.

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