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Chiropractic care can treat shoulder pain as well as other joint pain including neck and back pain. Shoulder pain is musculoskeletal pain. Gentle chiropractic care shines as an effective, drug free way to relieve musculoskeletal pain .
No other joint in the body has the range of motion that a fully functioning shoulder does. It’s easily the most mobile joint in the body. This incredible mobility and flexibility comes at a price. Shoulders are prone to injury.
The shoulder is a complex arrangement of bone, muscles, nerves, bursa, tendons, and ligaments. When stress is placed on these soft tissues, the result is a shoulder injury.
If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, it’s important to diagnose the cause before treatment begins. Chiropractors are trained to treat is musculoskeletal pain. We know that there are times when the joint that is hurting isn’t the cause of the pain. That’s why we will perform a variety of orthopedic tests to check your range of motion in your shoulders as well as your neck.
Depending upon the results of our physical exam, we may need to order imaging such as a CT scan or MRI. We may need to order this imaging before treatment begins or if the prescribed treatment plan isn’t providing pain relief.
Causes of Shoulder Pain:
Rotator Cuff Injuries
If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably heard of a rotator cuff injury. Rotator cuff injuries are a common reason for shoulder pain.
Your rotator cuff isn’t a single organ. Instead the rotator cuff is made up of 4 different muscles and their associated tendons. This unique arrangement of muscles, tendons surround a ball socket like joint allowing you to raise, rotate and move your arm in a wide variety of ways.
There are three different types of rotator cuff injury: 1
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis is when the tendons are irritated and/or damaged,
- when shoulder pain is used by the bursa being inflamed and swollen it’s called Rotator Cuff Bursitis,
- if the bony process on the scapula is rubbing (impinging) upon the tendons and bursa of the rotator cuff, it’s called Rotator Cuff Impingement.
Poor office posture injuries (postural syndrome) are repetitive use injuries. Poor ergonomics can cause musculoskeletal disorders. Ergonomics describes how you interact with your environment. Poor workspace ergonomics can result in
- shoulder pain
- back pain
- neck pain
- wrist pain
If you spend 8-10 hours a day with your shoulders rolled forward, your head jutting forward and your upper back slouched, you’ll eventually develop postural syndrome.
Notice the word “eventually” in the sentence above. You see, the human body is great at “making do” with whatever situation you put it in. It will do it’s best to adapt. However, as you keep stressing your body, you then suffer from a repetitive use injury. In repetitive use injuries, pain develops over time. As you can see from the list above, shoulder pain is part of postural syndrome.
Chiropractic care is very effective at relieving shoulder pain and other symptoms of postural postural syndrome. However, for long term relief, you should address your workplace ergonomics. Click here to learn how to create an ergonomic home office.
Adhesive capsulitis (a,k.a. frozen shoulder) is sneaky. Frozen shoulder is difficult to diagnose. It isn’t caused by an injury. It also gets worse over time. Most importantly though, the pain is difficult to explain. Patients will try to describe it as a dull pain located deep inside the shoulder.
In the earliest stages, the symptoms are mild becoming more severe over time. As the conditions worsens, the shoulder may become so stiff that it’s almost impossible to move. Thus the moniker, “frozen shoulder.” 2
Frozen shoulder can be treated with gentle chiropractic care.
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder is rare and usually caused by a previous injury. Chiropractic care maximizes the function of arthritic joints. Gentle chiropractic care can treat osteoarthritis. 3
Chiropractic Care of Shoulder Pain
Chiropractors focus on the relationships between the structure and function of joints, muscles and other soft tissues. They accomplish drug free pain relief without surgery through manual manipulations and other therapies. These therapies reduce inflammation and swelling and aid in natural healing.
There are many therapies chiropractors use to relieve shoulder pain. Chiropractic treatments include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- prescribed exercises
- electrical muscle stimulation
- application of ice/heat
These chiropractic therapies can
- provide pain relief
- restore mobility
- increase range of motion.
Most patients choosing chiropractic care of shoulder pain are able to return to their normal activities within 6-8 weeks without resorting to steroid injections or surgery.
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, call Advanced Wellness Solutions.