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Imaging Studies for Adhesive Capsulitis

The evaluation of a patient with adhesive capsulitis is not complete without an appropriate series of plain radiographs. True glenohumeral anterior-posterior views, along with axillary, scapular outlet and acromioclavicular views are considered necessary to exclude other shoulder girdle conditions which result in pain and stiffness. These films may often reveal osteopenia, but should not show […]

Physical Findings of Adhesive Capsulitis

The physical examination of patients with adhesive capsulitis reveals a global reduction in range of motion with a marked decrease in glenohumeral translation also present. Examination of the opposite shoulder (if normal) is performed to identify the patient’s expected normal range of motion for comparison. Evaluation for limitation of pure glenohumeral motion (best measured in […]