Can a chiropractor help with my shoulder pain?
Before seeking treatment for shoulder pain, it’s important a chiropractor understands why there is pain to being with. For example, treating shoulder arthritis is going to be different than treating a rotator cuff injury. A chiropractor will not only give a patient a range of motion test but will also dig deep into their daily habits, exercise and diet to understand the entire picture.
Chiropractors are specialist when it comes to the nervous system, muskuloskeletal system and joints. A good chiropractor, once an examination has been performed, should make his or her recommendation on whether or not chiropractic care can help with a patient’s specific shoulder pain.
Types of shoulder pain*:
Bursitis: The most common diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain is bursitis or tendonitis of the rotator cuff. Bursitis is an inflammation of a fluid-filled sac, or bursa, that lies between tendon and skin or between tendon and bone. Normally a bursa protects the joint and helps make movement more fluid.
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: Tendonitis is when tendons become compressed under the rigid bony arch of the shoulder. The compressed tendons become inflamed or damaged and cause pain. This can occur from general wear and tear, as you get older, an activity that requires constant shoulder use like baseball pitching, or an injury.
Arthritis: Shoulder arthritis is less common than knee and hip arthritis, but when severe may require a joint replacement surgery. Arthritis is a gradual narrowing of the joints and loss of protective cartilage in the joints about the shoulder.
Rotator Cuff Tear: A Rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone. Surgery is sometimes necessary for this condition.
Frozen Shoulder: Also called ‘adhesive capsuliitis,’ this is a common condition that leads to stiffness of the joint. Physical therapy and stretching are extremely important aspects for treatment.
Calcific Tendonitis: Calcific tendonitis is a condition of calcium deposits within a tendon — most commonly within the rotator cuff tendons. Treatment of calcific tendonitis depends on the extent of symptoms.
Labral Tear: A Bankart lesion is a type of labral tear most commonly due to dislocation of the joint. Bankart lesions cause problems of persistent instability.
Shoulder Instability: Instability is a problem that causes a loose joint. Instability can be caused by a traumatic injury (dislocation), or may be a developed condition.
Shoulder Dislocation: A dislocation is an injury that occurs when the top of the arm bone becomes disconnected from the scapula.
Shoulder Separation: Also called an AC separation, these injuries are the result of a disruption of the acromioclavicular joint. This is a very different injury from a dislocation!
SLAP Lesion: The SLAP lesion is also a type of labral tear. The most common cause is a fall onto an outstretched hand.
Biceps Tendon Rupture : A proximal biceps tendon rupture occurs when the tendon of the biceps muscle ruptures near the joint.
Where can I go to have my shoulder pain treated?
If you would like a Doctor of Chiropractic to examine your shoulder pain today, please use the special first visit offer found here for The Joint in San Diego, CA. The Joint locations throughout the United States are open either 6 or 7 days a week and have evening hours during the weekday.