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Pain and Disability in Patients Suffering from Adhesive Capsulitis of Shoulder

C Zonunsanga, Hmigthanmawii, Minggam Pertin, Chongreilen Chiru

Citation Information : Zonunsanga C, H, Pertin M, Chiru C. Pain and Disability in Patients Suffering from Adhesive Capsulitis of Shoulder. Indian J Phy Med Rehab 2014; 25 (1):2-5.

DOI: 10.5005/ijopmr-25-1-2

Published Online: 01-09-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


Study design

Cross-sectional study.

Set up

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal.

Duration of study

Two years October 2011- September 2013.

Aims and objects

To measure the pain and disability in patients suffering from adhesive capsulitis of shoulder and its relation with stages of adhesive capsulitis.

Study population

Idiopathic adhesive capsulitis patients attending PMR Department who fulfilled the inclusion criteria.


Fifty-six patients suffering idiopathic adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder were included in the study. The mean age of the study population was 56.30±8.17 (range 40-70) years, male comprised 57.1% while female 42.9%. Shoulder ROM showed rotation most restricted followed by abduction, flexion and extension. Mean VAS pain score was highest in stage 1 (80.36±8.42) and lowest in stage 4 (38.33±7.42) and it was found to be statistically significant (p< 0.001). Mean SPADI disability score was highest in stage 3 (68.56±5.79) and lowest in stage 1 (41.14±7.90) and found to be statistically significant (p<0.001).


Stages of adhesive capsulitis are found to be closely related to pain and functional disability of the patient. SPADI can be used in recording pain and disability in patients suffering from adhesive capsulitis and can be useful in planning the treatment of such patients in local context.

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