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Clinical Outcome after Arthroscopic Capsular Release for Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder
Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2018;21:127-133
Published online September 1, 2018
© 2018 Korean Shoulder and Elbow Society.

Jae Chul Yoo, Kyoung Hwan Koh1,*, Min Soo Shon2, Kyu Hwan Bae3, Tae Kang Lim3

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ilsan-Paik Hospital, Inje University School of Medicine, Goyang, 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National Medical Center, 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Eulji Hospital, Eulji University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Tae Kang Lim
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Eulji Hospital, Eulji University School of Medicine, 68 Hangeulbiseok-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 01830, Korea
Tel: +82-2-970-8036, Fax: +82-2-970-8015, E-mail: shouldertk@gmail.com, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8752-3987
Received April 11, 2018; Revised July 10, 2018; Accepted July 13, 2018.
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Background: This study was undertaken to evaluate the outcome of the arthroscopic capsular release for adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.
Methods: This study retrospectively investigated thirty shoulders in 29 patients who presented with recalcitrant adhesive capsulitis and underwent arthroscopic treatments. Other than typical findings of adhesive capsulitis, combined pathologies in the glenohumeral joint and subacromial space were evaluated by arthroscopy. Clinical evaluations were performed using the Constant셲 score and ranges of motion (ROM) at preoperative, 6 months postoperatively and at the final follow-up.
Results: Our study included 17 women and 12 men with a mean age of 53.8 years (range, 34–74). Mean follow-up duration was 24 months (range, 12–40 months). Assessment of combined pathologies revealed that partial rotator cuff tear of less than 25% thickness, was most common (overall 83.3%; with bursal 57% and articular 23%). Subacromial synovitis and adhesion were also frequent (53.3%). The Constant score and ranges of motion significantly improved at the final follow-up, compared with preoperative levels. However, clinical results at 6 months postoperatively were found to be significantly inferior to those observed at the final follow-up (p돞0.001 for all factors). Functional impairment was the major complaint in 59.3% patients at the 6 months follow-up.
Conclusions: Although arthroscopic capsular release yielded favorable outcome at the mean 24 months follow-up, pain and motion limitations at 6-month postoperatively persisted in more than 50% of our patients. While combined pathologies were commonly encountered during arthroscopy, although their effects on surgical outcome in adhesive capsulitis remains unclear in this study.
Keywords : Adhesive capsulitis; Shoulder; Arthroscopy; Capsular release