The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body. We are able to reach over our head, behind our back, and across the front of our body. This extreme motion in the shoulder can lead to shoulder injuries rather easily. The shoulder joint is very shallow and is held together mostly by ligaments. The muscles surrounding the shoulder are what actually give it most of its stability and strength.
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Shoulder pain can range from a mild annoyance to inability to move the shoulder, and can actually come from many different causes. Mild shoulder pain following over-use is often caused by swelling and inflammation of the muscles, tendons or joint. This is referred to as tendonitis or bursitis and will often go away on its own in a few days. However, pain that lasts more than a few days should be evaluated by a shoulder chiropractor.
* Rotator Cuff Syndrome — Lasting or more severe pain can indicate more serious conditions such as rotator cuff syndrome, which is caused by inflammation, swelling, or even tears in the muscles and tendons in the rotator cuff. Any activity that involves a lot of overhead arm motion, such as swimming, throwing, or even sleeping with your arm up, can cause rotator cuff syndrome. It causes shoulder pain in the front and side of the shoulder, and often feels worse at night. Lifting the arm to the side is very painful. Another complication of rotator cuff syndrome is degenerative changes in the shoulder. If not rehabilitated properly, years later the shoulder can develop calcium deposits in the tendons or osteoarthritis in the joint itself.
* Frozen Shoulder — Rotator cuff syndrome can lead to other shoulder problems if not treated quickly and effectively. People will stop using the shoulder because it is too painful. This can actually lead to frozen shoulder, a condition caused by adhesions that develop between the tendons and ligaments. These adhesions actually cause the structures to get stuck together, and can severely limit any shoulder motion.
Shoulder Pain and Chiropractic
You should seek an evaluation if you have shoulder pain that lasts past a few days. Even though there are many causes of shoulder pain, the treatment for most conditions is similar. It is important to keep the shoulder moving to avoid the complication of frozen shoulder. Your shoulder chiropractor will tell you what shoulder motions to emphasize and which ones to avoid as your injury heals. Therapeutic treatments, such as ultrasound and ice, can be used to remove the inflammation in the shoulder, which will usually result in a significant decrease in pain. Specific muscle stretching and at home exercises are used to correct any muscular imbalances between the upper back and chest, to help ensure smooth and even shoulder motion. Most shoulder conditions do not require surgery.
To determine if chiropractic care could help you manage your shoulder pain, schedule an appointment with our shoulder chiropractor at McKim Chiropractic. Call today or go to http://www.mckimchiropractic.com/ for more information. Our licensed and certified staff is committed to helping the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, find relief from pain!