Shoulder pain is not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about chiropractic care. People think of back, neck, and even knee and leg pain, but the truth is chiropractors can help reduce shoulder pain as well. In fact, chiropractic treatments are one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate shoulder pain.
Chronic or acute shoulder pain makes it difficult to do so many things. When it hurts to move your shoulder, it’s hard to reach something on a high shelf. It can be hard to drive or even wrap your arms around a loved one. Even getting dressed can be a hardship. Many people may think that painkillers or surgery is the only choice, but chiropractic care can also be an excellent treatment option.
Shoulder pain can be caused by many different reasons, from sports injuries, to car accidents and numerous other causes in between. In modern times, poor posture is often the culprit. People now spend so many hours hunched over a computer or video game that severe pain in the shoulder area is often the result. This poor posture causes the tissues surrounding the shoulder to strain and can result in pain in and around the shoulder area as well as tingling, pain, and numbness in the arm. Whatever the underlying reason for shoulder pain, it can be quite debilitating and interfere with many activities of daily living. Below are five types of shoulder pain and how they might be treated with chiropractic care.
Fluid filled sacs, called bursae, are placed at junctions in the body where bones come together. These serve to make mobility smoother and easier. When the bursae become inflamed, however, the opposite happens. If you have inflamed shoulder bursae, a chiropractor can help.
Ultrasound is one of the treatments of choice for bursitis. It’s often used in conjunction with chiropractic massage which breaks down scar tissue at the same time that it helps to reduce pain. Once the inflammation is reduced, chiropractic manipulation is used to alleviate pressure over the affected area. A chiropractor might also sometimes suggest an herbal anti-inflammatory to hasten the reduction of inflammation.
Someone suffering from frozen shoulder will have a hard time moving their arm. The shoulder can become so stiff and painful that it becomes almost impossible to move. It commonly occurs after a surgery or a stroke and seems to occur in women more often than men. It’s possible to cure this condition with physical therapy and chiropractic care. The objective of the treatment is to regain full range of motion.
The damage that causes frozen shoulder occurs when connective tissue in the shoulder joint area thickens and becomes tight. This results in the formation of adhesions, or tough bands of tissue. Sometimes, doctors might suggest surgery, but chiropractic treatments can be very successful. Range of motion exercises, ultrasound, or cold laser are a few of the treatment options that might be used.
The rotator cuff is a grouping of tendons and muscles that aid in keeping the bone in the shoulder socket. When these tissues are overused, the rotator cuff can be injured. This is especially likely with repeated overhead motions. If one has difficulty raising arms over the head, reaching behind the back, or sleeping on that particular side, then there may be a rotator cuff injury. This can cause pain or achiness that may require physical therapy or chiropractic treatments to address.
Many people think that surgery is the only option for repair of the rotator cuff, but chiropractic treatments can be very successful. This might include massage therapy for trigger points and tight muscles. Ultrasound, to reduce inflammation, may also be used, as well as cold laser therapy, which helps micro tears that might be present in the muscles to heal more quickly. After pain has been minimized and the shoulder has regained some flexibility, physical therapy exercises will be implemented to strengthen and stabilize.
This condition can occur throughout the body, as it is basically an inflammation of the tendon. Since the shoulder is arguably the most mobile joint in the body, according to many experts, it can be especially painful in this area. Studies show that over four million adults each year will seek treatment for this condition. Tendonitis is another type of shoulder pain that chiropractic care can address.
Tendonitis often occurs in people over forty, but it can occur at any age, especially after an accident or a sports injury. It can also occur in people that have jobs or hobbies with repetitive motions. A chiropractic treatment plan will first focus on reducing pain and inflammation and this might include massage therapy, use of a TENS device, ice therapy, and/or herbal anti-inflammatories. Afterward, chiropractic treatment might focus on adjustments, joint manipulation, stretching and strengthening, and lifestyle recommendations for prevention purposes.
Many people probably think that strains and sprains are the same. It is true that they are similar. The main difference is that a sprain concerns a ligament injury and a strain concerns muscles and tendons. Even though the affected areas are different, treatment for both is very similar. These types of injuries are not only treatable with chiropractic care, but also often require a lesser duration of treatment.
Chiropractic treatments for shoulder pain can be a good first line of defense before considering more drastic measures such as surgery. Chiropractic care provides many options for relief and is generally less risky and more affordable than other treatments. Instead of suffering in pain, consider reaching out to a chiropractic professional today.
Please contact Freedom Health Centers at (972) 542-3300 today to learn more about chiropractic treatment options for your shoulder pain. Our experienced staff can provide a full evaluation and present a comprehensive plan to reduce your pain and help restore functioning.