Shoulder pain that limits movement are very common, and are caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it is therefore less stable and more prone to injuries than other joints of the body.
Since the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm originate from the neck and upper spine, conditions such as Vertebral Subluxations commonly contribute to pain in the shoulder.
Chiropractors can assist with the following shoulder conditions:
- Chronic Shoulder Stiffness
- Shoulder Muscle Spasm and Tension
- Rotator Cuff Disorders such as tears and strains
- Frozen Shoulder
- Arthritis of the Shoulder
Diagnosis and Chiropractic Care:
In order to determine the cause of your pain, our Chiropractors will conduct a full physical, orthopaedic and neurological examination of the shoulder, cervical and thoracic spine.
You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests. Where the pain is felt, both at rest and during movement of the shoulder, provides important clues as to the cause of the shoulder pain.
It may also be necessary to undergo specialised diagnostic tests such as XRay, Ultrasound and/or MRI scans.
Treatment of Shoulder Pain:
The initial objective of all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation. Whilst many doctors will recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and swelling, the benefit obtained by applying ice packs can be equally, if not more beneficial.
As your shoulder begins to heal, it is vitally important to restore the range of movement. This will help to improve muscle strength to stabilise the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.
One of our Chiropractors at Strathalbyn Chiropractic Centre will be able to assist you with suitable shoulder range of motion exercises, shoulder strengthening and rehabilitation exercises during your recovery.
Please contact us for your comprehensive shoulder assessment. We look forward to hearing from you!
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