What is the clinical presentation suggestive of the initial (freezing) stage of frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS) (adhesive capsulitis)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2020
  • Author: Jefferson R Roberts, MD; Chief Editor: S Ashfaq Hasan, MD  more...
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Patients in the initial (freezing) stage of frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS) will describe the following:

  • Insidious onset of vague, dull pain at the deltoid insertion
  • Pain with shoulder movement
  • Nagging pain at night, with sleep deprivation and the inability to sleep on the affected side
  • Marked limitation of active and passive shoulder rotation, particularly external rotation

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