What is the clinical presentation suggestive of the second (frozen) 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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During the second (frozen) stage, patients will complain of stiffness and severe loss of shoulder motion. The pain will be less pronounced. Patients will endorse the inability to reach over their head, to their side, and across their chest with the affected arm, or to scratch their back or put on a coat. The contralateral shoulder often becomes symptomatic years after FSS develops in the first shoulder. [12]


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