The shoulder joint is a shallow ball and socket joint and therefore it relies on stability from its surrounding muscles and ligaments. It provides a wide range of motion, allowing the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. This wide range of motion, however, make us more susceptible to shoulder injuries and pain.
Shoulder pain can be caused by sport or other injuries when the joint, muscles or ligaments become inflamed from undertaking repetitive motions, a fall, or yanking the arm as well as poor posture. Some symptoms to look out for in shoulder injuries include, but not limited to pain while resting, pain lasting for more than a few days, inability to raise arm, swelling of the joint.
It is important to note that shoulder pain can be the result of an injury to the joint itself. However, there is always possibility that pain felt in the shoulder could be referred pain or related to spinal damage. Therefore, you should consult a chiropractor if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Many shoulder injuries can lead to the accumulation of scar tissue within and around the joint. If untreated the shoulder can become severely limited in motion. A typical example is the condition called “frozen shoulder”.
Some of the different types of shoulder injury include:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis – compressed tendons in the shoulder ridge
- Dislocation – separation of the top of the arm bone from the scapula
- Frozen shoulder – leading to joint stiffness
- Bursitis – inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled sac between the tendon and bone or skin)
- Calcific tendonitis – calcium deposits occurring within the tendon
- Biceps tendon rupture – a rupture of the tendon of the biceps near the shoulder joint
- Impingement: when the head of the humerus applies pressure to soft tissue as the arm is raised, sometimes leading to bursitis, tendinitis, and even a rotator cuff tear
- Fracture: bones of the shoulder commonly occur after a fall in elderly patients or an injury in younger patients.
Can Chiropractic help your shoulder pain?
Chiropractors typically use a variety of soft-tissue approaches to treat shoulder pain, including:
- Cryotherapy: the application of ice or cold packs to the injured area to relieve swelling and inflammation.
- Mobilization: a gradual physical adjustment of soft tissue or joint to reduce discomfort and increase range of motion of the shoulder joint
- Manipulation: the application of controlled force to the joint.
- Ischemic compression: slow and progressive application of gentle pressure over a muscle’s trigger point to improve shoulder pain and function. according to a 2013study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23993756
Chiropractic treatment has shown to be effective, particularly when done in conjunction with an appropriate exercise program.