Frozen shoulder, otherwise known as adhesive capsulitis, is one of those tricky conditions which I have found respond well to treatment, but patience is required. I am a physiotherapist who likes to see quick results, either objectively or subjectively, ideally both!
However as we all know, the pathophysiology of the frozen shoulder often does not lend itself to such expectations and at the outset and it is important to make the patient aware of this fact.
That said, if the correct treatment approach is applied in the correct manner at the correct stage, the speed at a which a frozen shoulder may resolve (compared to no treatment or ‘wait and see’) can be increased significantly.
Conventional wisdom and anecdotal evidence would suggest a frozen shoulder left alone may burn itself out and resolve spontaneously in 12-24 months. With an integrated physiotherapy approach, in most cases my clients have returned to full pain free function after 3-4 months of treatment, weekly at first and then staggered sessions after about 4-6 sessions.