Shoulder pain is a common complaint from individuals seeking chiropractic care. About half of adults will experience shoulder and back pain during some point in their life. The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in our bodies. This makes it more susceptible to a variety of injuries. We often don’t think about our shoulders being delicate, but the truth is that they are one of the most at-risk joints for pain.
A Family Chiropractic Clinic treats many patients for a variety of shoulder pain and problems. We make it our priority to help your shoulder heal without the risk of surgery or side-effects of medications. Our understanding of the human body puts us in a superior position for treating shoulder and back pain.
Signs You Should See a Chiropractor for Shoulder Pain
If you find yourself experiencing shoulder pain that doesn’t seem to be related to a specific trauma then it’s a good idea to visit your chiropractor. Starting on a treatment plan sooner than later will help you get back to a pain free life more quickly. Reach out to a qualified chiropractor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Shoulder pain lasting more than a few days
- Recurring shoulder pain
- Inability to carry objects
- Difficulty using your arm
- Joint deformity
- Shoulder pain at night
- Shoulder pain while resting
- Difficulty raising your arm
Any of these symptoms could point to a condition that can be treated with chiropractic care. Chronic shoulder pain doesn’t have to rule your life. Even if your pain regularly flares up and dies down on its own, you should see a chiropractor. They may be able to assist you with treating the cause of the pain.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
There are a number of causes responsible for the pain you may be experiencing in your shoulders. It’s important to first establish the cause of your shoulder pain. Once we know what is causing your pain then we can create a treatment plan specifically for your condition. Common causes of shoulder pain include:
- Bursitis/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Referred Neck or Back Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Calcific Tendinitis
- Shoulder Instability
- Shoulder Dislocation
- Ligament Injury
- Labral Tear
Chiropractic care is a common treatment option for many of these causes. Your chiropractor will examine you during your appointment and ask questions about your health history. Using diagnostic tools they will help diagnose your condition so you can create a treatment program. This treatment program is specifically designed for your specific condition and pain level.
Your chiropractic treatment could also include complimentary physical therapies which are offered here in our office. These additional therapies are targeted at helping you heal more quickly and efficiently. Our expert staff is highly trained and experienced in treating shoulder pain resulting from many different causes.
Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain
Your chiropractor will create a treatment plan based on the specific cause of your pain. The goal of chiropractic care is to help the body heal itself. This makes it a great option for individuals who prefer to avoid undergoing risky surgery. Chiropractic treatment is also a better option than medication. This is because medication doesn’t help with the source of the problem, it only treats the symptoms. In fact, medicating shoulder pain may actually result in more damage. If pain subsides due to medication then it’s much easier for you to further injure your shoulder. It’s always best to get the proper treatment when dealing with this type of pain.
Many cases of shoulder pain are treated using traditional chiropractic methods. It’s not uncommon for the pain to be caused from a misalignment in the neck or upper back. Your chiropractor will make the needed adjustments to ensure that your spine is in alignment. They may also recommend additional treatments in conjunction with your chiropractic care. Many of these additional options can be done at your chiropractor’s office. They include:
- Heat and Ice application
- Electrical stimulation
When your chiropractor feels that any of these additional treatment options will benefit you then they will suggest making them a part of your treatment plan.
Continued Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain
Depending on your condition, your chiropractor may recommend ongoing treatment for your shoulder pain. This can be common for recurring injuries or chronic pain in your shoulder. Your chiropractor can also provide you with advice on stretches and exercises that may improve your condition over time. By strengthening the muscles around the neck, back, and shoulder you can help reduce the occurrence of incident and reduce possible pain flare ups. A well trained chiropractor will be able to see beyond your immediate shoulder pain to help you find a long term solution for pain relief.