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Long-term outcome of frozen shoulder

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In 223 frozen shoulder patients, after about 4 years on average, 40% still had symptoms, but almost all of them were mild (94%), and “only 6% had severe symptoms with pain and functional loss.” Roughly two thirds of patients were women, and 20% of cases were on both sides. No cases were recurrences.

~ Paul Ingraham

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Two-hundred and sixty-nine shoulders in 223 patients with a diagnosis of primary frozen shoulder were studied. The main outcome measure was the Oxford shoulder score. The mean follow-up from symptom onset was 4.4 years (range, 2-20 years). The mean age at symptom onset was 53.4 years; with women affected more commonly than men (1.6:1.0). Twenty percent of patients reported bilateral symptoms, but there were no recurrent cases. In the long term, 59% of patients had normal or near normal shoulders and 41% reported some ongoing symptoms. The majority of these persistent symptoms were mild (94%), with pain being the most common complaint. Only 6% had severe symptoms with pain and functional loss. Those with the most severe symptoms at condition onset had the worst long-term prognosis, P < .001.

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