Shoulder Pain Treatment With Chiropractic Care
While the first thing that comes to mind for many people when they think of a chiropractor is back or neck pain, our chiropractors here in Topeka at Bolz Chiropractic treat a lot of patients suffering from shoulder pain.
There are more reasons for their discomfort than most people realize. If lately, you've been experiencing shoulder pain either when you lift or, reach for an object, or if you find yourself turning over during the night due to shoulder numbness, our chiropractors can tell you why and give you options for treating it.
Why Your Shoulder May Be Hurting
The shoulder is a complex junction of several bones, (the upper arm bone, the shoulder blade. and the collar bone) plus muscles and tendons that, when in optimal condition allow our arms a 360- degree range of motion. As a result, our shoulders get little rest throughout the day and can fall prey to a number of injuries. Perhaps one of the following are at the root of your shoulder pain.
A shoulder becomes dislocated when the upper arm bone, (humerus) pops out of the cup-like socket of the shoulder blade (scapula), the result of an injury or overuse. There are two types of shoulder dislocations: complete, where the ball at the head of the humerus comes completely out of the socket; and a sublocation where it only comes out partially. The shoulder bone can be re-positioned, but since the ligaments, tendons and muscles that hold the upper arm into the scapula have been compromised, you may be prone to future shoulder dislocations.
Rotator Cuff Injury
Rotator cuff is the name given to the group of four small muscles and the tendons that circle the top of the humerus and keep it in place within the shallow shoulder socket. People employed in jobs that require repetitive overhead arm motion like painters and carpenters can injure the soft tissues that make up the rotator cuff. Baseball and softball players are often treated for rotator cuff injuries. If you are noticing a dull pain whenever you raise your arm over your head, you may have a rotator cuff injury.
Strains and Sprains
Strains should not be confused with sprains. They are not the same. When you sprain your shoulder, you injure a ligament, one of the fibrous bands of tissue that hold the shoulder bones together. When you strain your shoulder, you injure one of the shoulder muscles, or one of the bands of tissue that attaches it to the shoulder bone. A more severe sprain may result in bruising, swelling, and difficulty in using your arms.
Tendinitis is the result of irritation or inflammation of a tendon that attaches a muscle to a bone. When it occurs in a shoulder tendon, you will feel pain and tenderness in the general area round your shoulder, maybe extending into the neck. Tendinitis of the shoulder, like shoulder cuff injuries, often plague people and athletes who engage in repeated activities requiring use of the upper arm, which is why it is also called swimmer or painter shoulder.
The body has several joints in addition to the shoulder, and all of them, the knee, the elbow, and the hip included, have pillow-like fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between the bones and soft tissue that comprise them. In the case of the shoulder, the bursa is found between the top of the arm bone and the rotator cuff. When the joints suffer overuse, the bursa can become inflamed. and painful when that part of the body is used. This condition is called bursitis and shoulder bursitis is a common cause of shoulder pain.
Frozen shoulder is usually an after effect of an event that prevents arm movement, such as suffering a stroke or undergoing a surgery that prevents you from moving of lifting your arm. The stiffness and pain of a frozen shoulder may develop gradually, and take a while to resolve itself, sometimes if one to three years.
How Our Chiropractor Can Help Alleviate the Pain of Shoulder Injury
As part of their training, our chiropractors studied the intricate inter-connections of muscles, tendons, and bones and how they work together in any joint. They are adept at manipulating them in order to restore them to optimal conditions. In the case of any of the above shoulder conditions, shoulder joint manipulation is a safe, non-invasive healing technique that has been shown to be as effective as its invasive alternative - surgery. They may also recommend you undergo myofascial release, massage, stretching and strengthening exercises to complement their manipulations. These can all result in
- alleviation of your shoulder pain and discomfort
- extended range of motion
- reduced inflammation
- more flexibility
- optimal muscle strength and tone
So if you live in the Topeka area and have shoulder issues, give us a call at Bolz Chiropractic so we can schedule a consultation with our chiropractors, and you can discuss the best course of action for you.