Key Findings

Aside from clinical findings in the subjective exam, patients with adhesive capsulitis will also present with impaired glenohumeral joint range of motion actively and passively (depending on the stage). This restriction typically follows the capsular pattern of the glenohumeral joint: external rotation, abduction, and internal rotation going from most restricted to least restricted. Flexion also tends to be limited and is often accompanied by compensatory shoulder girdle elevation. (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)