Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Frozen shoulder begins with trauma or surgical procedures that result in chronic inflammation of that joint – other joints are not affected.
Frozen shoulder is most likely to occur in people who are 35-50 years old. This condition severely limits the range of motion of your shoulder. Frozen shoulder begins with inflammation that, if not treated immediately, results in scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the joint capsule.
If you have ever had tennis elbow you know that it is painful. Tennis elbow, aka lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that is caused by irritation of the ex-tensors of the wrist where they attach to the elbow.
This condition earned its name because the forceful grip used in tennis, especially during a backhand shot, places loads of stress on the involved muscles and tendons. Once these muscles and tendons are inflamed even simple tasks that involve grasping or repetition (such as keyboard use) can become too painful to perform. Continue reading “Tennis Elbow – Conservative, Effective Treatment”
A shoulder impingement occurs when soft tissues are “pinched” between the underside of the AC joint and the top of your humerus. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these structures, the AC joint is made up of the outer portion of your collar bone and a hook of bone that comes off the top of your shoulder blade.
Shoulder injuries involving a rotator cuff tear are common in my San Diego chiropractic office, this is because these muscles are small and easily strained (strain means that some fibers have torn). Sports injuries work injuries and auto accidents commonly cause strains in the rotator cuff muscles.
The muscles of the rotator cuff coordinate rotational movements of the shoulder. There are four rotator cuff muscles as follows: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and the subscapularis. The supraspinatus works to lift your arm off the site of your body and it is the most frequently injured of the rotator cuff muscles. The infraspinatus and teres minor both externally rotate your shoulder. Finally, the subscapularis works to internally rotate your shoulder.
Although the supraspinatus is the most frequently injured rotator cuffmuscle, a strain of any of these muscles can cause shoulder pain and significant range of motion loss in the affected shoulder.
Posture fixes are necessary for most people who have neck and upper back pain and tension. Bad posture is hard to avoid. Smart phones, computers, lap tops, kindles and other electronic devices force us into unhealthy postures that stress the neck and upper back between the shoulders causing pain, stiffness and headaches. Chiropractic care helps most people to reduce the muscle tension that comes with postural stress but it also takes some work on the patient’s part to make lasting improvements. Patients that I treat for pain that originates from bad posture need to be proactive in their efforts to reduce their stress. Continue reading “Three Easy Posture Fixes”
We tend to take our bodies for granted until we are injured. Shoulder injuries can make you change the way you accomplish even the simplest of tasks. Shoulder injuries typically affect our ability to raise our elbow above the height of the shoulder or limit the amount of rotation that our shoulder joint is capable of. The most commonly injured muscles of the shoulder are the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff .
Impingement syndrome describes a painful condition of the shoulder in which there is an impingement of rotator cuff tendons or bursa in the shoulder. These tendons and or bursa lie between the head of the humorous and the underside of the acromion process – an area that is known as the sub-acromial space. Once the tendons / bursa are impinged upon, they become irritated and inflamed resulting pain and restricted range of motion. Impingement syndrome causes shoulder pain that typically involves a specific painful range of motion, which in many cases, prevents raising the elbow above the level of the shoulder.
Treating shoulder pain with chiropractic care is often extremely effective. The shoulder is a complex joint that depends on equal muscle tone and smooth joint movement. When joints are misaligned or there are muscular balance problems, which commonly occurs with bad posture, the shoulder joint can become “clunky” and painful. Since the large muscle groups that move and support the shoulder also attach to the spine, chiropractors typically spend a portion of each day treating shoulder pain.
Successfully Treating Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain can be debilitating, I know this from personal experience. Shoulder pain not only affects your ability to reach and carry but it also causes tremendous problems with getting quality sleep. For many patients with shoulder pain, sleeping on the injured shoulder side is impossible and sleeping on the opposite side is challenging as well. Because of pain and dysfunction that comes with shoulder injuries, treating shoulder pain appropriately is crucial.
At my San Diego chiropractic clinic, treating shoulder pain begins with a thorough examination so that we can close in on the source of the pain. In some cases, the source of the shoulder pain is muscular imbalances and in other cases, it is a tear in one of the four rotator cuff muscles (rotator cuff muscles perform the rotational movements of the shoulder). The cause of pain in some patients may be a ligament tear or a dislocation. You can understand why it is important to have a thorough orthopedic examination when there are so many potential causes of shoulder pain.
Once we have successfully identified the source, we can begin treating shoulder pain. Shoulder pain treatment is catered to each individual patient. That being said, pain is always associated with inflammation so treatment always includes therapies to help reduce inflammation and swelling. Depending on the type of injury, chiropractic treatment may include adjustments on the neck, back and shoulder, specific exercises and stretches or possibly all of these.
Treating rotator cuff injuries with chiropractic care is common practice in my San Diego Chiropractic clinic. Anyone who has experienced a rotator cuff injury is well aware of how painful and limiting they can be. Treating rotator cuff injuries requires patience and consistency on both the chiropractor’s part and the patient’s part.