Shoulder pain can affect more than just your body, it can prevent you from living your life and doing the things you love. Many adolescent and adult athletes and those who work physical, repetitive jobs experience this type of ongoing pain due to overuse. If left untreated, shoulder pain can progress into the back, neck, and elbow or other issues like tingling and numbness in your hands.
A simple test to know if your shoulder is out of place and requires chiropractic care:
Step 1: Place your right palm on your left shoulder.
Step 2: Keep your hand on your left shoulder and raise the right elbow up toward your face until you touch your face.
Repeat the process with your left palm on your right shoulder.
If you are only able to raise the elbow parallel to the floor, you should schedule an appointment at Myshka Chiropractic. If you have pain doing this test, you could greatly benefit from chiropractic care.
How Our Shoulder Pain Treatment Relieves Pain
Dr. Susan Myshka will deliver a gentle, non-invasive treatment known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments can be highly effective at managing and relieving swelling and discomfort. They work to reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body and improve the function of the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by shoulder pain.
Chiropractic adjustments can provide patients with benefits including:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased muscle tone and strength
Routine chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications.
Types of Shoulder Pain
Some of the most common types of shoulder pain include:
- Dislocated shoulder – partial or complete misalignment of the humeral head inside the shoulder socket
- Frozen shoulder – stiffening of the joint
- Bursitis and tendonitis – inflammation of bursae (fluid-filled, friction-reducing sacs) and tendons
- Strains and sprains – tears in the rotator cuff connective tissues
Treating Shoulder Pain With Chiropractic Care & Therapy
Shoulder pain is usually due to a) scapula (shoulder blade out of place), b) Clavicle (collar bone out of place), c) humerus (upper arm bone). This will cause an irritation of the nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments, or capsule area. In some cases, the problem is located on the cervical spine or near the acromioclavicular joint. The triceps muscle located in the upper arm may also be involved, as well as the subscapularis muscle underneath the shoulder blade. Our experienced chiropractor will begin by evaluating your shoulder and surrounding areas to determine the source of the irritation. Sometimes, further diagnostic imaging, such as an x-ray, may be necessary. Once the precise physical cause is diagnosed, we will develop a personalized treatment plan consisting of a series of targeted chiropractic adjustments to help relieve your shoulder pain. In addition to adjustments, Dr. Myshka may use cold laser therapy, which can help accelerate the body’s healing process and alleviate pain.
FAQs – Shoulder Pain
How effective is chiropractic treatment for shoulder pain?
Chiropractic adjustments are a very effective treatment method. They work to restore balance to the musculoskeletal system, thus relieving pain and expediting the healing process.
What are common shoulder pain symptoms?
People with shoulder pain often can’t move their arm through its full range of motion or have a painful arc causing pain in only certain directions. They may not be able to lie on their shoulder, and they may have trouble with tasks like dressing, reaching over their head, and even typing or lifting. Pain in the shoulder can be sharp or dull and may be associated with numbness and tingling in the arm and hand.
How can I ease shoulder pain between adjustments?
Icing the area can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for up to 12-15 minutes. If pain persists, apply the ice pack again after a 4 hour resting period.
What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is a painful condition that may occur after your shoulder has been in a sling or otherwise held still for long periods of time.
What is bursitis?
Bursitis is an inflammation of small cushioning sacs in the rotator cuff known as the bursae. If the bursae become inflamed, they may press against muscles and tendons, restricting their motion.
What does the term “rotator cuff injury” refer to?
The rotator cuff is a set of four muscles attached by tendons to the bones of the arm. These muscles allow the shoulder to move in all directions. Damage or strain can cause pain and stiffness in these structures.
What are some common situations that promote repetitive strain shoulder injuries?
Swinging a racket or club, constantly reaching upward in your job or hobby, or holding the shoulder in stressful positions for extended periods can all create repetitive strain injuries.
Is shoulder pain treatment covered by insurance?
Chiropractic adjustments may be covered by insurance, reach out to your provider for more information. Whether you are using your insurance or not, we can help! We offer in-house payment plans with no-interest financing. Learn more about our financing options here.
Contact Us for Shoulder Pain Relief
Visit Myshka Chiropractic in Jonesboro, AR for expert chiropractic care. We can diagnose and treat your shoulder pain so you can get back to feeling normal again!