Florid Adhesive Capsulitis

adhesive capsulitis

At at least one conference I’ve been to, this entity has been described as the most underdiagnosed malady of the shoulder. Here is a classic case with thickening of the axillary pouch and edema around the shoulder joint capsule. While there are not very many differential considerations,  inflammatory arthritis and recent trauma are the most likely mimics.

In my previous practice I most commonly saw this in obese women and came to believe that it was due to a restricted range of motion because of their body habitus in that population.

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