Shoulder Pain Needs Chiropractic Care

Lady experiencing shoulder pain while playing tennisShoulder pain can be a major hindrance to everyday life. Most of those will never stop and consider how often we use our shoulders and the numerous types of activities that involve shoulder movement. We use our shoulders to play sports, drive a car, brush our teeth, lift a phone to our ear, brush our hair, and so much more. Shoulder pain causes a lot of discomfort in everyday life.

The shoulder is the most complex and mobile joint in the body. Its mobility is due to being a shallow ball and socket joint, which also makes it susceptible to damage. The shoulder joint is held together by numerous muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The nerve supply for the shoulder comes from the neck (cervical spine), so subluxations (misalignments) to the vertebrae in the neck can affect the function of your shoulder muscles.

Most shoulder injuries result from overuse, repetitive stress movements, and poor posture. These decondition your shoulders and make them weaker.

Some of the most common causes of shoulder problems:

  1. Cervical Spine Misalignment: Causes muscle weakness and instability due to decreased nerve supply to the shoulders.
  2. De-conditioning: Caused by chronic poor posture and lack of exercise.
  3. Arthritis: Small misalignments in the shoulder joint can cause the cartilage in the shoulder to degenerate and breakdown over time, leading to arthritis. The AC joint (Acromioclavicular Joint) is the most common joint in the shoulder to develop arthritis.
  4. Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: Repetitive motions can cause tendons to become compressed on a rigid bone in the shoulder. This compression leads to inflammation and damage, causing shoulder pain.
  5. Bursitis: The bursa is a fluid-filled sac designed to protect the shoulder joint and allow you to move your shoulder fluidly. Inflammation to the bursa is a very common shoulder injury.
  6. Rotator Cuff Tear: Detachment of the muscles or tendons from the bone. Surgery is sometimes necessary for this condition.
  7. Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis: The shoulder joint becomes stiff when the tissues that make the shoulder capsule thicken and become tight. This can lead to the development of scar-like adhesions in the joint, which can inhibit all joint movement.
  8. SLAP Lesion: A SLAP lesion is a type of labral tear created by damage to the cartilage that forms the shoulder socket. The most common cause of this injury is a fall onto an outstretched hand.

Shoulder Pain and Chiropractic Care?

Man struggling to lift his arm due to shoulder painYes. Chiropractors are experts in diagnosing and correcting problems due to misalignment in joints and the spine. While many people typically associate back and neck pain with chiropractic care, shoulder pain is also an area that Dr. Steve Silverston successfully treats.

Dr. Silverston will find the underlying cause of shoulder conditions and fix the cause. One of the main causes of many shoulder conditions is cervical spine subluxations (misalignments) that put pressure on the nerve supply to the shoulders. Chiropractors are experts at correcting these subluxations. As a result, when the nerve supply to the shoulder is optimal, the shoulder joint and surrounding muscles and ligaments can function better to prevent injury.

Many people know that chiropractors work with the spine but we also work on all joints in the body, including the shoulder. Here at World Class Chiropractic, our patients understand that we treat the body as a whole, looking directly at the nervous system to correct the underlying causes of pain and discomfort, not just treating and covering up pain symptoms.

Call World Class Chiropractic at 410.461.3435 to arrange an appointment or use our convenient appointment form. Shoulder pain can be debilitating if allowed to progress. Everyday movements and enjoyable activities may have to be restricted if you go too long without proper treatment. If your friends and family can benefit from this information on shoulder pain, please recommend this article to them.