What Is Shoulder Pain and How a Chiropractor Can Help
pain is a common problem, with shoulder pain being the third most reported
injury in all of sports medicine. Learn about shoulder injuries and how
a chiropractor at Johnson Chiropractic Center in Fayetteville,
AR, may be able to help relieve your shoulder pain!
What Is Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain is defined as any pain or discomfort in the shoulder area. The shoulder is a complex joint that consists of three bones: the clavicle, scapula, and humerus. The shoulder is also comprised of various muscles, ligaments, and tendons that allow for a wide range of motion. The shoulder can be injured in many ways, including falls, car accidents, sports injuries, or from repetitive stress.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
There are many causes of shoulder pain. Some of the most common causes include:
- Repetitive stress—such as from typing on a computer all day or painting overhead.
- Arthritis—osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and affects the cartilage lining within the shoulder joint.
- Joint instability—shoulder instability can be caused by a shoulder injury and is often accompanied by shoulder pain.
- Injury—caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, etc.
What Are the Symptoms of Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain can vary from person to person depending on what exactly is causing your shoulder pain. However, there are certain symptoms that most people experience with shoulder pain, including stiffness in the shoulder area, swelling within the shoulder region, decreased range of motion, tenderness around the shoulder blade, soreness when lying down on the affected side, loss or decrease in strength, radiating arm numbness, tingling sensation, and weakness.
How Can a Chiropractor Help Relieve My Shoulder Pain?
It's important for chiropractors to assess the individual cause of shoulder pain in order to provide an effective treatment plan. Some of the treatments chiropractors use to help relieve shoulder pain include:
- manual manipulation or adjustment of the shoulder joint
- mobilization exercises for the shoulder and surrounding muscles
- ice and heat therapy
- electrical stimulation
- ultrasound therapy
- corticosteroid injections
If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it is important to seek medical attention in order to get properly diagnosed and begin treatment. Chiropractors are experts at diagnosing and treating shoulder pain, so schedule a consultation today.
Make an appointment at your earliest convenience to get the shoulder pain relief you deserve. You can visit us at Johnson Chiropractic Center, 2630 E. Citizens Dr. Suite 6, Fayetteville, AR 72703. You can also make an appointment with us over the phone by calling (479) 935-3021.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our office or therapy methods. We are here to help you in any way we can.