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Definition of Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder: Permanent severe limitation of the range of motion of the shoulder due to inflammation and subsequent scarring around the shoulder joint (adhesive capsulitis). Frozen shoulder may occur following an injury or immobilization of the shoulder joint, and it occurs more commonly in people with diabetes and certain other health conditions than in the general population.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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