The shoulder and its wide range of motion involves three main joints, the glenohumeral joint, the acromioclavicular joint and the scapulothoracic joint (a pseudo joint where the scapula glides on the ribs next to the spine in the mid back). Because of the complex nature of these three joints the shoulder is vulnerable to a wide range of injuries. There are bursae, cartilage, many tendons and muscles, a large joint capsule, and a large bundle of nerves and blood vessels called the brachial plexus that pass around the glenohumeral joint.
Common conditions related to the shoulder are:
Traumatic injury mostly results in torn muscles, damaged cartilage, fracture, dislocation, or damaged brachial plexus where some pulling of the arm can tear the nerves coming from the spine. Repetitive strain from computer work, lifting or carrying can generate a chronic muscle tension problem that interferes with work, sleep or other important activities with family and personal hobbies. Inflammation around the shoulder usually involves the joint capsule, the busrsa and the tendons that attach to the humerus and scapula.
Treatment will involve an assessment of the movement and structure of the shoulder using orthopedic and neurological tests, followed by chiropractic adjustments some trigger point therapy and self care instructions. Proper stretching and strengthening and home therapies are often prescribed to resolve the complaint as well. If necessary x-rays or MRI can be used to reach a more conclusive diagnosis if preliminary assessments are insufficient.
Common causes of shoulder pain include:
Depending on the cause and severity of your shoulder pain, your doctor can recommend occupational or physical therapy, a sling or shoulder immobilizer, or surgery.
Many doctors prescribe NSAIDs or corticosteroids for mild to moderate acute pain. Minor shoulder pain can be treated at home by ice or heat. Putting ice directly on your skin can lead to frostbite. Instead, use an ice bag. In many cases, resting for short periods can alleviate pain.
Here are some tips to prevent shoulder pain:
Yes. Your chiropractor will order X-rays and other tests to get to the root cause of the problem. They will ask you some questions and may conduct some physical tests. Based on their findings, the professional will create a treatment plan.
Here are some ways in which a chiropractor can help relieve shoulder pain:
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The condition usually occurs in individuals who have kept their arm immobilized for a long period.
Frozen shoulder involves pain that develops gradually. It can take a very long time (sometimes several months) to heal. Many doctors recommend stretching exercises for pain relief. When pain persists, doctors inject corticosteroids and numbing medication into the patient’s joint capsule. If nothing works, doctors recommend surgery to loosen the joint capsule.