What is the role of radiography in the diagnosis 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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Routine radiographs do not have a role in the diagnosis of FSS. However, plain films of the shoulder should be obtained in all cases to rule out any other pathologic process. These radiographs should include the following [43] :

  • Anteroposterior (AP) view of the glenohumeral joint in neutral rotation
  • Supraspinatus outlet view
  • Axillary lateral view (if possible)

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