M75.0: Adhesive capsulitis of shoulder

The joint capsule in your shoulder has been inflamed for a long time.

There are 3 bones and 2 joints in the shoulder area. The bones are the collarbone, the shoulder blade, and the humerus. The shoulder joint connects the humerus to the shoulder blade. A second joint connects the shoulder blade to the collarbone. The collarbone is also connected to the sternum by another joint. Joints are encased in a joint capsule.

The joint capsule in your shoulder can become inflamed without any identifiable cause. It may also be that your shoulder had been injured, or that it was not moved properly for a long time. If the joint capsule is inflamed for a long time, adhesions can form inside the joint capsule and with other tissue in the shoulder. Scars can also form, or the joint capsule can atrophy.

If the joint capsule suffers from adhesions, scarring or atrophy, the shoulder’s mobility can become restricted. You may also have pain.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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