Can Chiropractic Help A Shoulder Pain?

How Is A Shoulder Pain Treated?

Can Chiropractic Help A Shoulder PainShoulder pain is a commonly overlooked symptom of lung cancer, though. Shoulder pain is the third most common cause of musculoskeletal consultation in primary care. Shoulder pain is any pain in or around the shoulder joint.

Shoulder pain is very common and can affect all ages. Shoulder pain is usually felt in the front of the shoulder, or at the top of the arm. If your shoulder pain is due to minor injury, you may be able to organize some treatments at home yourself.One other common cause of shoulder pain is a pinched nerve in the upper spine, also known as cervical radiculopathy.

Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is the most movable joint of the body. It also is one of the most unstable joints. As a result, it is the site of many problems and injuries. The following are some of the most common shoulder injuries:

  • Dislocated shoulder. The shoulder is one of the most frequently dislocated joints. Pulling the shoulder backward or rotating it too far can cause the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus) to pop out of the socket (glenoid). Shoulder instability is a condition in which the shoulder dislocates frequently. Sometimes the ball of the upper arm bone is only partially out of the socket. This is called a partial location or subluxation.
  • Shoulder separation. This injury involves the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade (scapula). The injury occurs when a fall, blow to the shoulder or other trauma tears the ligaments that hold the AC joint together. The outer end of the collarbone may slip out of place, resulting in shoulder pain – ranging from mild to severe – and possibly a bump on the top of the shoulder. Check more here.

Because most neck and shoulder pain is caused by sprains and strains, you can expect a full recovery or to recover with minor limitations on your activities.

The Most Common Shoulder Pain Causes, And Their Treatments

Do you suffer from pain in your shoulders? Finding out the shoulder pain causes that are affecting you can be the first step towards treatment. Here are the most common.

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain originates in the shoulder joint, which includes the collarbone, shoulder blade, humerus, and the four groups of muscles within it. The shoulder has a huge range of motion. It’s is one of the largest joints in the human body, which also makes it one of the most vulnerable to pain. Here are the five most common shoulder pain causes, along with treatments you can use to find relief.

Shoulder pain can come in a variety of different forms and can occur for a myriad of reasons. This includes simple overexertion, fractures, arthritis, and even infections or tumors. The most common symptoms include:

  • Aching pain
  • Inflammation
  • Weakness
  • Limited mobility

According to the CDC, about 9% of all pain episodes in joints are shoulder-related, so knowing the cause and treatments can be invaluable knowledge. Read more here.

However, if the cause of your shoulder pain is diagnosed and treated early then this can help to resolve or greatly reduce the pain in your shoulder.

How to Prevent Shoulder Pain

Have you been experiencing shoulder tightness and pain while doing “overhead” activities like throwing a ball, playing tennis, kayaking, rock climbing, or swimming?

If so, it’s possible that your shoulder blade is not stable or that the back of your shoulder is tight, says orthopaedic surgeon James Ames, MD, MS, a sports medicine specialist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H). “Pain experienced in the outside part of the shoulder during these activities has long been referred to as ‘impingement,'” he explains. “This occurs as the result of the rotator cuff rubbing against a part of the shoulder blade (scapula) called the acromion.”

Here are some simple exercises to try:

Sleeper stretch:

  1. Lie on your side with the painful shoulder down. Similar to the position you might be in when sleeping on your side (hence the name).
  2. Place the affected arm directly in front of you, with the elbow bent 90 degrees.
  3. Using your other arm, push your hand down toward your feet, internally rotating your shoulder.
  4. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 3 times. See full article here.

Treatment Of Shoulder Pain Will Depend On The Cause Of The Pain

If your shoulder pain is due to a recent injury or is inflamed (warmer to touch than the other side), an ice pack may be helpful. The types of treatments available for shoulder pain are based on the cause of this pain and the severity of it. There are a number of possible causes of shoulder pain, but the most common causes of shoulder pain are rotator cuff injuries, rotator cuff tears, and osteoarthritis.

Other common shoulder muscles that cause shoulder pain are the deltoid and teres major. Common treatments for shoulder pain are physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and surgery. The type of treatment offered for your shoulder pain will depend on the underlying cause and your symptoms. For most people, shoulder pain will improve over time with appropriate treatment, call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.

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