All of the women I have worked with told me that it took some time to even have their problem properly diagnosed and when it was their treatment was usually conservative – painkilling drugs and anti-inflammatories – and not very helpful. Steroid injections were offered to some of these women and, more radically, mobilisation under anaesthetic. Restoration of movement and/or relief from pain was seldom achieved.
If hormonal imbalances, particularly of oestrogen, are a cause of frozen shoulder in middle aged women, it is not at all clear that hormone replacement therapy is the cure. HRT may well help prevent it but once the distinctive symptoms of pain and stiffness are present this form of treatment is likely to be mostly palliative, no small thing for those suffering from this problem. Still, women will have their own view as to whether they wish to undergo HRT.
It's possible to provide relief for this kind of frozen shoulder problem using bodywork. But progress is, literally, painfully slow. Experience seems to show that eventually these problems will resolve on their own so our bodywork solutions may be, like HRT, largely palliative. Risks associated with bodywork are low but care certainly needs to be taken not to make things worse.
Those interested in this subject may find this online forum informative.