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Management of Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder: Recommendation for Home Exercises Program during COVID-19 Pandemic

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1109443, PP. 1-10

Subject Areas: Rheumatology

Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Shoulder Pain, Bursitis, Rehabilitation

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Adhesive capsulitis (AC) of the shoulder is a painful condition in which active and passive range of motion (ROM) of the shoulder becomes restricted. Severe pain and ROM restriction may last approximately 1 to 3 years with incomplete resolution leading to an impairment of daily living and professional activities and quality of life with a consequent social and economic burden. Since health care services have been shifted to the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a minimum of necessary care should be allocated to manage painful and impairing musculoskeletal conditions such as AC of the shoulder. Home exercises (HEs) are accepted as a key element in the conservative treatment of AC of the shoulder. The aim of this point of view is to propose a concise and clinically relevant HE recommendation for patients with AC of the shoulder during the time of covid-19 restrictions. During the pain predominant stage of AC, pendulum exercises and passive and active-assisted ROM mobilizations are mainly proposed. Heat application and shoulder muscle strengthening should be added during the stiffness predominant stage. Optimally, three daily sessions with 30 min duration each are proposed for three to six months. HEs remain a practical solution to help AC patients relieve pain and gain shoulder ROM during pandemics restrictions.

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Kalai, A. , Guedria, M. , Chaabeni, A. , Frih, Z. B. S. and Jellad, A. (2022). Management of Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder: Recommendation for Home Exercises Program during COVID-19 Pandemic. Open Access Library Journal, 9, e9443. doi:


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