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 joint is one of the most mobile joints with the widest range of motion in our bodies, made of a complex network of bones, tendons, and more. 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 according to your healthcare provider, then it’s a good idea to visit your chiropractor for evaluation and diagnosis. You don’t want to delay when it comes to treating shoulder problems. 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 doctor 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 your shoulder problem.
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. A list of what might be the common cause of your shoulder pain include:
- Bursitis – Inflammation or Irritation of the Bursa
- Rotator Cuff Disorders
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Other Rotator Cuff Problems
- 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 for shoulder pain. Your chiropractor will examine you during your appointment and ask questions about your health history. Using diagnostic tools such as magnetic resonance imaging and others, they will test and help diagnose your condition to 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 shoulder problem. 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
- Steroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
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.
You don’t have to suffer with pain in your shoulder blade, upper arm bone, or your shoulder joint. Reach out to the professionals at A Family Chiropractic Clinic to meet with our experienced doctor and healthcare provider. We’ll evaluate your pain and discuss your goals to custom build a treatment plan that will work for your needs. We want to bring the joy back into your life and help improve your range of motion and body function to allow you to get back to living your best life.
Call A Family Chiropractic Clinic today at (940) 566-0000 for more information on how we use chiropractic care to treat shoulder pain.