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Struggling with Shoulder Pain?

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We don't think much about our shoulders until they start to give us pain. Then we realize that we are constantly using our shoulders to lift and extend our arms, to carry, wave and perform numerous other motions and tasks. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and as a result it is subject to a wide range of injuries and conditions.

Shoulder problems that go unchecked can lead to lifelong, debilitating issues. In order to properly treat the shoulder joint and achieve long term relief it is important to identify the cause of shoulder pain. This article explains some of the common causes of shoulder pain and how chiropractic care can return the shoulder to functional health.


Shoulder Pain in Grand Rapids
The causes of shoulder pain are seemingly endless, but let's go over some of the more common causes for pain in the shoulder. Shoulder pain may be the result of conditions, such as:

  • Neck and upper back tightness
  • Spinal misalignment
  • Arthritis
  • Abnormal patterns of movement
  • Athletic injuries and automobile accidents

While a few of the items on this list may indicate localized swelling in the shoulder joint, more of them point to the spine as the probable source of pain. The nerves that control the shoulder originate in the spine. If the vertebrae around the neck and upper back are compressed or injured the nerves that go to the shoulder will be irritated and cause pain. Even a minor spinal misalignment can interrupt communication between the nerves and the shoulder and a cascade of problems can begin. So, what appears as shoulder pain may actually be referred pain from the spinal column.


Symptoms of Shoulder Injury
Due to the wide range of causative factors, shoulder pain and abnormal motion in the joint may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Symptoms of a shoulder injury are occasionally very subtle but even these can develop into major issues. Since the shoulder joint is used in the vast majority of activities that we engage in daily, all symptoms involving the shoulder should be monitored carefully and treated promptly to avoid progression of the problem. Symptoms indicating the need for an immediate evaluation of the shoulder complex include:

  • Shoulder pain that lasts for more than a week,
  • Shoulder pain that goes away and then returns frequently,
  • Difficulty raising your arm above your head,
  • Trouble or pain when carrying objects,
  • Pain in the shoulder joint that becomes more pronounced in the evening,
  • Any visual signs of damage to the joint such as bruising or swelling,
  • Unusual snapping or clicking sensations in the joint during movement.

Chiropractic Treatment for Shoulder Pain
Chiropractic care is a gentle and non-invasive alternative to medications and surgeries that provides fast and effective results. Grand Rapids Chiropractors are trained to deal with issues in the spine and the shoulder complex that result in shoulder pain. In order to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, a chiropractic treatment begins with a thorough evaluation process, using information provided from your medical history, and advanced imaging techniques. Once a correct diagnosis is achieved it will then be used to develop an individualized treatment plan that will help ensure a fast recovery.


Region Description and Overview
The shoulder joint itself is clinically referred to as the glenohumeral joint (where the glenoid of the scapula and the humerus articulate). When a patient describes shoulder pain, the clinician must look at the entire shoulder joint complex because of the multitude of hard and soft tissues that contribute to shoulder and arm movement. The joints included in the shoulder joint complex are the glenohumeral, sternoclavicular, acromioclavicular and scapulothoracic. There is also contributions made by the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (mid back), as well as the costovertebral joints (rib/vertebra articulation). Dysfunction to any one of these joints can limit shoulder mobility as well as cause discomfort. Although there are many muscles that contribute to shoulder movement, the most important and most widely known is the group of muscles referred to as the Rotator Cuff. These four muclses (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis) are of the utmost importance because they also provide stability to the joint itself. Due to the immense range of motion the shoulder is capable of, the thick joint capsule present in joints like the knee have is not present to the same degree.


Most Common Causes
The most common cause of shoulder pain is a direct injury to the area. Falling on an outstretched hand is one of the most common mechanisms for shoulder injury. The most common predictor of a shoulder injury is previous injury.


Associated Symptoms and Conditions

  • Rotator Cuff Strain
  • Glenohumeral dislocation
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation
  • Scapulothoracic adhesions
  • Rib subluxation
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinopathy
  • Calcific Tendinopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Labrum Tear
  • Cervical or Thoracic spinal subluxation
  • Muscular imbalance
  • Glenohumeral instability
  • Pain/Numbness/Tingling/Weakness in the arm or hand
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Muscle Spasm

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