Understanding Shoulder Pain and How a Chiropractor Can Help
Shoulder pain is a common complaint among the general public. One of the reasons why is because people are constantly using their shoulders to perform ordinary movements in everyday tasks. Here at Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram, our chiropractors are dedicated to making sure our patients are educated about the things they can do to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with shoulder pain and how they can avoid injury.
Ways the Shoulders Can Be Injured
There are a number of ways people can injure their shoulders. People who play sports are more at risk for shoulder injuries because of the movements involved in certain activities related to sports. People who perform manual labor are also susceptible to shoulder injuries and people who engage in repetitive movements are also prime candidates for shoulder pain. There are also some disease processes that can cause pain and discomfort in the shoulders. Heart disease, liver disease, and diseases associated with the cervical spine, like arthritis, may also cause shoulder pain.
Conditions Specific to the Shoulders
There are several conditions that relate specifically to shoulder pain.
Rotator cuff tendinitis – when the tendons become inflamed.
Impingement syndrome - This occurs when the rotator cuff is caught in the middle of the acromion and the humeral head.
Frozen shoulder - muscles, ligaments and tendons become difficult to move or become completely immobile.
Dislocated shoulder - the ball of the humerus is pulled away from or out of the shoulder socket.
Bone spurs, arthritis, bursitis, pinched nerves, and arthritis are also conditions that can be specific to the shoulders and cervical spine resulting in a great deal of pain.
a Chiropractor Approaches the Treatment of Shoulder Pain
Here in our practice, our chiropractors use various treatment modalities for shoulder pain. Treatment plans are developed after a thorough review of current and past symptoms and a complete examination. Examinations may include radiologic testing. Some treatments used in our clinic include: spinal adjustments, ultrasound therapy, cold laser therapy, hot and cold therapies and electrostimulation therapy. Our doctors also develop and prescribe individual exercise regimens for our patients to help them expand their range of motion and avoid future injuries.
Don’t Wait To Seek Help
If you are experiencing shoulder pain you should not hesitate to have it evaluated, as you could be at risk of causing severe or permanent injury. If you are having trouble lifting your arm over your head, you need to be seen as soon as you can, as this is an indication of inflammation that could limit range of motion or cause the affected joint to become immobile. Give Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram a call at 770-439-7765. Let us help you alleviate your pain.