Teri Hatcher has a medical condition which has left her unable to "hook a bra".

The 'Desperate Housewives' star revealed she is suffering with a rare and debilitating illness known as 'frozen shoulder', which prevents her from doing everyday tasks such as carrying items and dressing herself properly.

Medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis, the disorder causes stiffness and chronic pain in the shoulder area and can greatly restrict movement.

Teri told TV show 'Extra': "I've been struggling with this thing called frozen shoulder, which is a real condition which women get. It's basically left me pretty much not functioning with my left arm - I can't hook a bra anymore."

The 46-year-old actress - who has to have cortisone injections to manage the discomfort - is finding the illness particularly frustrating because she can't work out.

She said: "I'm not asking for sympathy or anything, it could be much worse, but when you take away something like being able to pick up a bag . I really can't wait 'til it's gone so I can just exercise like crazy again, because I sort of miss it."

The brunette beauty has always kept active, and last year completed a charity swim in the Pacific Ocean, braving freezing water to complete a half-mile portion of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in just 26 minutes.