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Australas Chiropr Osteopathy. 2004 July; 12(1): 25–35.
PMCID: PMC2051310

Treatment of Frozen Shoulder Using Distension Arthrography (Hydrodilatation)

A Case Series
J Keith Simpson, BA(HONS), DC, PhD. and Richard Budge, MBChB, FRANZCR


Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a common, painful and disabling condition which is typically slow to resolve. Patients with this condition will be seen in every musculoskeletal practitioner’s clinic on a regular basis. There is a wide variety of treatment modalities available, some more effective than others. This article reviews the literature on the aetiology and natural history of the condition, and the common treatments provided. The literature on hydraulic arthrographic capsular distension (hydrodilatation) is reviewed and six cases referred for this treatment from a chiropractic clinic are presented.

Keywords: Frozen shoulder, hydrodilatation, case series

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