Your shoulder is one of the most complicated joints in your body and is called on to do a variety of tasks.
Within the shoulder, there are the bones — scapula, clavicle and humerus — joined together by ligaments and nearly 20 muscles.
The rotator cuff comprises the muscles and their tendons that stabilize the shoulder.
Sports injuries are one of the leading causes of shoulder pain. Other causes are:
- Tight or weakened muscles
- Inflamed nerves
- Wear and tear
- Muscle imbalance
FROZEN SHOULDER: DESCRIPTION AND CAUSES
Frozen Shoulder is the result of ligaments and tendons becoming irritated, causing adhesions that make the shoulder joint nearly immobile. The pain is severe and the limited movement of the shoulder can make it a struggle to even get dressed. Frozen Shoulder can take several years to heal — and may not heal at all without proper attention from a professional. An irritation of the nerve can also be responsible.
- Pain when lifting your arm
- Inability to lift your arm
- Limited range of motion
- Shooting pain from shoulder to elbow and beyond
- Weakness or inability to lift things
- Pain that persists beyond a few days
- Pain that recurs, even if it goes away on its own
- Swelling or deformity of the shoulder
- Pain at night or while resting
TREATMENT FOR GENERAL SHOULDER PAIN
We begin with a thorough examination, as well as an examination of your neck and midback, which often are the source of shoulder pain.
An orthopedic and neurological exam will involve your motor reflexes, muscle strength, nerve distortion and the scope of the pain. Other tests, such as X-rays or MRI, may be ordered to determine if an injury has occurred or whether there is a disk problem. These can show whether there’s disc problems, bone spurs or soft tissue problem. Physical conditioning also is effective to minimize pain recurrence.
The treatment for many shoulder ailments is similar because muscle imbalances respond so well to chiropractic manipulation. We will work to restore proper mobility and correct any misalignment. Exercise, physical conditioning and clinical massage will speed your recovery (which we also offer).