Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain
Our shoulders are consistently at work. It hardly matters if you are throwing a football, having a meal with friends, or scrolling through your favorite social media app, this part of our body plays a tremendous role in ensuring that we can perform all these tasks.
Unfortunately, our constant dependence on our shoulders often means that any slight pain in this area can severely hamper our daily lives and may lead to us putting everything else on pause. However, things do not have to be this way. Today, there are various treatments available to help address these issues and make our shoulders feel new again.
One therapy for these issues that has been gaining popularity in recent years is chiropractic care. This treatment helps tend to the source of your shoulder pain instead of the symptoms, leading to longer-lasting benefits than other physiotherapy or surgical methods.
Chiropractic care for shoulder pain is also non-invasive, which means that you don’t have to go through any extensive surgical procedures or take medication that may lead to side effects in the future. Instead, you can quickly pop into our chiropractor’s clinic and begin your care without much hassle.
So, if you have been struggling with constant or recurring shoulder pain and would like to gain some long-term healing, please do not hesitate to reach out to us about chiropractic care. This treatment is a proven way of easing shoulder pain and can also help restore spine health and stop further discomfort in the long run.
Common Symptoms of Shoulder Pain
Frozen ShoulderYou may have a frozen shoulder if you feel any constant stiffness or discomfort around your shoulder joint. While this pain often starts as a slight inconvenience, it tends to grow over time until it becomes tremendously challenging to move your arms.
Snapping or ClickingHearing your shoulders snapping or clicking whenever you move them can be frightening. While these sounds may occur for various reasons, it is often because of your bones rubbing against each other due to a breakdown in the cartilage surrounding your shoulders. These sounds may also be an early indicator of arthritis.
Difficulty Raising ArmFacing difficulty when raising your arm is one of the most common symptoms of shoulder pain. This strain may occur due to an injury or rupture in one of the tendons around your shoulder, making it challenging to lift your arms and achieve simple tasks, such as slipping into a t-shirt. If you find it difficult to lift your arms, you must seek treatment as soon as possible, as your range of motion will continue to reduce if left untreated.
Difficulty Carrying ThingsFeeling a sharp ache when you try to lift anything is a common sign of shoulder pain. In most cases, this sudden inability to carry basic things means there could be a tear or something wrong in one of your rotator cuffs. If you find yourself in this situation, you must reduce physical activity and get treatment to prevent permanent weakness in your shoulder joint.
Pain that Lingers for More than a Week
Feeling constant pain in your shoulder area for more than a week is one of the best signs that something may be wrong. While this may start as a slight pain, it could quickly evolve into mobility issues, so you must get help as soon as possible.
Visiting a chiropractor that works with shoulder issues and sports injuries can be the best therapeutic choice to help ease your pain. Chiropractic care for shoulder issues is gentle, holistic, thorough, non-invasive, and helps provide long-term healing.
Once you decide to have chiropractic care for your shoulder, you can expect us to perform a deep dive into the severity of the issues you are facing. This examination/evaluation will aid us in tailoring a unique treatment plan to help get your shoulder back into shape.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
ArthritisShoulder arthritis is a common musculoskeletal issue that is due to degenerative changes after an initial insult to the joint. Over time this can cause wear and tear type changes to the bones of the joint and early on can often create swelling of the surrounding soft tissue. This inflammation often leads to a significant amount of pain that makes it tremendously challenging to move your arms or pick up items.
Spinal MisalignmentThe nerves that control your shoulder have roots in your spine. The connection between these two parts of your body often means that if there is an issue with your spine, your shoulder will likely feel some heat as well. In this case, when your spine is misaligned, the nerve supply to crucial tissues in your shoulder can be affected. This reduction often leads to weak muscles in that area, pain, and unstable shoulder movement.
Athletic InjuriesPlaying a sport that requires heavy shoulder use, such as swimming, tennis, baseball or wrestling, will always put you at risk of shoulder injuries. If you notice any extensive pain in your shoulder area, you must seek intervention as soon as possible. While reporting this issue to your doctor may mean a few months on the sidelines as you heal, it will help prevent long-term complications.
Automobile AccidentsThe shoulder is always at risk during car accidents due to the level of impact that it may receive. You must seek help as soon as possible if you recently had a car accident and feel discomfort in your shoulder area, as leaving this issue untreated may lead to mobility issues down the line.
Schedule an Appointment with a Chiropractor for Shoulder Pain Today
Although visiting a chiropractor may feel like a scary affair, this could not be further from the truth. In reality, chiropractic care is much safer than other invasive and surgical procedures that require heaps of medication, anesthetic, and a few nights on a hospital bed.
Please do not hesitate to ring our telephone lines or book an appointment online if you have been seeking chiropractic care for your shoulder. Our team has decades of experience delivering leading chiropractic care and would be glad to tackle any problems you may be facing.
Alternatively, if you want to learn more about our treatment approach at Chiropractic Works, feel free to watch any of our informational videos.
Frequently Asked Questions About Shoulder Pain Chiropractors
Yes. People have been using chiropractic care to address shoulder issues for decades, and it remains one of the best non-invasive procedures you can use to help ease discomfort in your shoulder region.
While your treatment plan will always center around your specific issue, you can expect us to use a range of stretching, manipulation, and myofascial release techniques when working on your shoulder.
One of the most common misconceptions about chiropractors is that we jump straight in and begin adjusting bones and muscles without doing research. However, this is not the case. We always perform a thorough examination of your musculoskeletal system, range of motion, gait, and posture before beginning your treatment. This screening gives us a good idea of what all of the issues are that you may be facing and how we can tackle them.
While we expect most people to deal with discomfort in the shoulder region every once in a while, you should always begin to think about treatment if the pain lasts longer than a week or if you struggle to carry or move things around. We also recommend scheduling an evaluation in our office if you recently had an injury or accident and feel discomfort in your shoulder region.
The frequency of your chiropractic visits will largely depend on the severity of your issues. However, a typical schedule starts with multiple sessions per week. Once your body starts healing, frequency will be reduced quickly as your sessions prove beneficial. Depending on how well you progress, most of the time some sort of maintenance or check-up schedule will be recommended to help ensure you keep your progress on track.
Several indicators can help you understand if your chiropractic care is working, such as improved range of motion, feeling less pain and better sleep.