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How to thaw a frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, occurs when inflammation and scar tissue invade the shoulder joint. Itís believed to be a form of autoimmune disease in which the body overreacts to a minimal injury and then cells in the joint release inflammatory chemicals that cause pain. Ultimately the cells in the joint capsule create scar tissue, which produces a stiff shoulder. …

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