Are you searching for shoulder pain relief? If so, you have come to the right place to learn more about your pain and what your options are.
Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint following low back and neck pain seeking care from a health care professional. Shoulder complaints account for almost 3 million patient visits each year in the United States.
To get shoulder pain relief we must first understand the anatomy of the shoulder and the structures that make up this complex mechanism.
The shoulder is a very complex mechanism consisting of the ghenohumeral, acromioclavicular, sternoclavicular, first costovertebral, and scapula-thoracic joints. There are also various muscles, ligaments, and tendons that contribute to the shoulder.
The minimal bony stability in the shoulder permits a wide range of motion and the soft tissue structures are the major glenohumeral stabilizers. Several interconnecting ligaments and layers of muscles join these bones, providing the rather unstable joint with a great amount of strength.
Where Does Shoulder Pain Come From?
A wide range of possible pathologies can arise from the shoulder including a simple sprain to a massive rotator cuff tear. Find out what rotator cuff syndrome is. The majority of these conditions can and do respond from conservative treatments.
Shoulder conditions and dysfunction are common complaints among overhead throwing athletes and people with physically taxing jobs that overuse the shoulder. Competitive athletes who use overhead motions, particularly baseball players place tremendous repetitive stresses on their shoulders. Painters, carpenters and various other professions place the same stress on the shoulder every day.
The majority of the overuse injuries in the shoulder arise from the tendons of the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff consists of the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis muscles. The rotator cuff can suffer from tendonitis/tendonosis, partial thickness tears, full thickness tears, or impingement.
What are Your Options for Shoulder Pain?
The first step in shoulder pain is prevention. It is our job to teach you the proper way to use your shoulder, and a proper shoulder examination is needed to get to a proper diagnosis and action plan. That means teaching you how to use the proper muscles and joints during specific shoulder motions. We also need to educate young athletes on proper mechanics while participating in overhand throwing activities.
Shoulder pain relief from chiropractic care includes decreasing inflammation with cryotherapy (ice), restoring normal range of motion, manipulating the associated joints, and strengthening the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers through rehabilitative exercise.
Prevention includes teaching young and older athletes proper biomechanics and strengthening exercises. Here at Pain Relief Chiropractic we could also provide post surgical rehabilitation to shoulders that have been repaired. See our list of shoulder rehab exercises.
It's best to seek treatment now to prevent chronic shoulder pain.
What can we do for you? First of all, you are responsible for taking action to get shoulder pain free. We can discuss your pain with you. Examine your shoulder and associated structures to come to the best possible diagnosis.
We will explain exactly why you are having shoulder pain and develop a personalized short term treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery. We will need your help though. A shoulder rehabilitation program takes hard work from you as well.
Are you ready to take action?
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