Natural history of frozen shoulder: fact or fiction?

Is there evidence to support the natural progression of frozen shoulder without treatment?

This review found a lack of evidence to support the long-running notion that frozen shoulder is a self-limiting condition with identifiable stages of progression (painful, stiff and recovery phases) and complete resolution of symptoms, even without treatment. The proposed timing of this progression - slower gains in the beginning and faster ones at the end - was also found to be unsupported by evidence.


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