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Adhesive Capsulitis—Closed Manipulation

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Adhesive Capsulitis—Closed Manipulation

(Frozen Shoulder—Closed Manipulation)


Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) is a tightening of the tissue around the shoulder joint. It makes it hard to move the shoulder. Closed manipulation improves range of motion by moving the arm at the shoulder to break up scar tissue.

Frozen Shoulder.

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Reasons for Procedure

This procedure is done to:

  • Ease pain and stiffness
  • Improve range of motion in the shoulder
  • Break up scar tissue

Possible Complications

What to Expect

Problems to Look Out For

Call the doctor if you are not getting better or you have:

  • Tingling or numbness that will not go away, especially in the arms and hands
  • Pain that you cannot control with medicine
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Lasting nausea or vomiting

If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.





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  • Frozen shoulder. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/frozen-shoulder.
  • Le HV, Lee SJ, et al. Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: review of pathophysiology and current clinical treatments. Shoulder Elbow. 2017 Apr;9(2):75-84.
  • Shoulder arthroscopy. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/shoulder-arthroscopy.


  • Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
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