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Adhesive Capsulitis is the medical term for “Frozen Shoulder Syndrome” – sometimes abbreviated to FSS. This is a condition which affects the ability to move the shoulder, and usually only occurs on one side. Sometimes (approximately 1 in 5) the problem can spread to the other shoulder. The medical term literally describes what is seen in this condition – adhesive meaning sticky, and capsulitis meaning inflammation of the joint capsule. It is thought that a lot of the symptoms are due to the capsule becoming inflamed and “sticking”, making the joint stiff and difficult to move.
This is not the same as arthritis, and no other joints are usually affected.