Shoulder Pain

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body; however, it is also one of the most unstable and vulnerable joints. The nerves, tendons and ligaments that surround the shoulder are easily damaged, and they often become sources of pain. Shoulder pain commonly occurs from overuse in athletics or in physical, repetitive jobs. It is also triggered by various conditions affecting the chest or abdomen, such as heart disease or gallbladder disease. Other causes of shoulder pain include rotator cuff tears, dislocation, inflammation, bursitis, tendonitis, ligament injuries, pain that originates in the neck or back, calcium deposits and arthritis.

What symptoms are associated with shoulder pain?

Symptoms of shoulder pain that may require treatment include the following:
  • Difficulty holding objects
  • Reduced arm function
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Signs of infection, such as fever, redness or warmth
  • Pain that persists even when resting
  • Pain that persists for more than a few days
  • Recurring shoulder pain
  • Deformation of the shoulder joint
  • Unusual aches in the shoulder area

How can I treat my shoulder pain?

Chiropractic care for shoulder pain can serve as a non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to medications or surgery. First, Urban Chiropractic will thoroughly evaluate the pain to identify a source, perhaps referring you out for diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or MRI. If appropriate, a chiropractor may perform adjustments to the shoulder, neck and upper back to realign the shoulder joint. In order to prevent future injury, chiropractors often teach patients exercises to build strength and range of motion. They also advise at-home care such as ice, heat and stretching to reduce pain and inflammation. Overall, chiropractic care may provide comprehensive treatment of shoulder discomfort and prevent future pain.