Chiropractors are expertly trained to treat issues of the back and spine, which includes back and neck pain. Chiropractic care can also be enormously beneficial to ease pain associated with the shoulders and other parts of the body. When it comes to shoulder pain treatment and shoulder pain relief, our chiropractors in the Campbell, San Jose and Los Altos area can offer you a range of healing options.
In addition to being very painful, shoulder pain can be debilitating and disabling. Everyday activities like putting on a shirt or brushing your hair can be an ordeal. It can also cause sleep disturbance and insomnia. Without proper treatment, shoulder pain can persist for years. The majority of shoulder pain cases can be connected to an irritation of the nerves in the upper back (thoracic spine) or the lower neck (or both). When shoulder pain has its origins in the back and spinal area, chiropractic care can be highly effective for shoulder pain treatment and shoulder pain relief. Chiropractors at Smith Family Chiropractic in Campbell know a wide range of techniques that can effectively ease shoulder pain.
Treating Shoulder Pain
No matter what specific shoulder issue you have, Smith Family Chiropractic will give you a targeted diagnosis and determine the source of the irritation begins. Shoulder pain is typically caused when nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments, or the capsule areas are irritated. For some, the issue is rooted in the cervical spine or near the acromioclavicular joint. Chiropractors will carefully examine these areas to guarantee an accurate diagnosis. The triceps muscle, which is located in the upper arm, may also be involved, as well as the subscapularis muscle located under the shoulder blade. Once they are able to determine a precise physical cause, they can begin treatment for shoulder pain. While there is some relief felt after the first adjustment, it is generally recommended patients come in for a series of chiropractic adjustments to help your shoulder pain issue resolve completely.
Common types of shoulder pain:
- Dislocated Shoulder: The shoulder joint contains three bones: the collarbone, shoulder blade, and upper arm bone, which is shaped like a ball. This “ball” fits into a cuplike socket in your shoulder blade and when your shoulder gets dislocated, the ball pops out of your socket. A dislocation can either be partial, which means that only part of it is out of the socket, or it can be completely out of the socket.
- Frozen Shoulder: A frozen shoulder is a shoulder joint that has lost significant range of motion in all directions. The range of motion is usually limited when the patient attempts to move it, as well as when the doctor tries to move the joint fully while the patient is relaxed. Frozen shoulder is the outcome of inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the area that surrounds the normal shoulder joint.
- Shoulder bursitis: This occurs when your shoulder bursa is inflamed. The bursa is the fluid-filled sac that helps to lessen the friction in shoulder spaces. There are several bursae within our shoulders. Your subacromial bursa is the most frequently inflamed of the shoulder bursa and is the common cause of pain felt in the shoulder, which is usually related to shoulder impingement of the bursa between the rotator cuff tendons and bone.
- Rotator Cuff Injury: The rotator cuff is made up of a group of muscles and tendons which surround the shoulder joint and help to firmly keep the head of your upper arm bone inside of shallow socket of the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries are common for people who perform repeated overhead motions in their jobs or in sports. Painters, carpenters (really anyone who works in construction), and people who play baseball or tennis are some of the most common fields people experience rotator cuff injuries. The risk of rotator cuff injury increases as we get older and can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens when the involved side is slept on.
- Strains & Sprains: Sprains refer to an injury to a ligament (the connective tissue that links bones together at joints). Sprains are most common in the ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist. Strains are tears in muscle tissue. They happen most often in the muscles that support the calf, thigh, groin, and shoulder. In addition to joint manipulation, chiropractors use other treatments like ice, heat, ultrasound, and electrical muscle stimulation.
- Tendinitis: Tendinitis (also tendonitis) is the inflammation and irritation of a tendon. It is commonly caused by overuse and repetitive motion can create excess friction in a tendon and cause pressure to build up, which leads to inflammation and irritation. Nevertheless, it is known that tendons lose their elasticity and ease of movement as a person ages, resulting in people being more prone to tendonitis as they grow older. Tendinitis can also be caused by arthritis, gout, and thyroid-related disorders.
How Smith Family Chiropractic treats shoulder pain?
Luckily, chiropractors are not limited spinal care. Sometimes shoulder pain is caused by joint irritation, while other times it is caused by tissue irritation. Chiropractic relief for shoulder pain can often be achieved through manipulation and other treatments. the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. It is surrounded by nerves, tendons, bursa and other tissues which can all be irritated and cause pain. Tendons help attach muscle to bone while ligaments attach bone to bone. Four tendons make up the rotator cuff: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. If you are unsure of the cause of your shoulder pain, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek Chiropractic help. Treatment of these conditions must be directed at the specific cause of your problem to be effective.
Signs you should seek medical attention include:
- Shoulder pain that continues for more than a few days
- Recurring shoulder pain, even if it usually goes away on its own
- You are unable to carry objects or use the arm
- Injury that has caused abnormality in the joint
- Shoulder pain that happens at night or while you rest
- Cannot raise the arm
- You notice swelling or bruising around the joint or arm
- Experiencing a fever, redness, or swelling, which may be an infection