Chiropractors are mostly known for their ability to resolve issues relating to the spine, including back pain and poor posture. However, we can also resolve conditions affecting other parts of the musculoskeletal system, like the shoulders, hips, ankles, and knees.
Many of the patients visiting our Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent – City Chiropractic for the first time arrive with persistent shoulder pain that they have been dealing with for years. We do our best to help them either eliminate or substantially reduce the shoulder pain that they are experiencing. In this post, I’ll share some useful information about shoulder pain, along with some effective exercises to reduce should pain.
If you want to book a visit with a Chiropractor in Stoke on Trent, contact City Chiropractic on 01782 848 184. You can also read on to learn more about chiropractic treatments for shoulder pain.
Common conditions which cause shoulder pain
There are many potential causes of should pain, however the most common include:
Shoulder bursae injuries
The shoulder bursae acts like a shock absorber for the shoulder. It also helps to reduce friction between different parts of the shoulder. If the muscles in the shoulder become too tight, it can result in inflammation of the shoulder bursae. This can cause chronic pain in and around the shoulder. Chiropractic care can be used to reduce muscle tension in the shoulder, helping the shoulder bursae heal.
Rotator Cuff Injury
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles (the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) that are located in the shoulder. These muscles provide the shoulder joint with stability and help you move your arm. Many people injure their rotator cuff muscles while playing sports like tennis or swimming. However, even having poor posture can contribute to rotator cuff strains that cause shoulder pain. Chiropractic care can help you recuperate after injuring these important muscles.
Strains and sprains
It is surprisingly easy to injure the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the shoulder. Chiropractic care can help by ensuring the shoulder joint is correctly aligned, encouraging blood flow to the region, and loosening tight muscles in the shoulder region.
Tendonitis is the inflammation of tendons. When this occurs in the shoulder joint, it can be quite painful and can limit your range of motion. Chiropractic techniques can be used to reduce the time it takes to heal from tendonitis.
How chiropractic care can help relieve shoulder pain
When you visit our Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent, our first goal will be to assess the condition of your shoulder. We work with you to determine:
- How much pain you are in
- Where the irritation begins in your shoulder
- What you believe has caused the shoulder injury
- What range of motion you have in the shoulder joint
- Which lifestyle factors may be contributing to your pain
In some cases, we find that the pain isn’t being caused by an issue in the shoulder, but a nearby location like the acromioclavicular joint (top of shoulder) or cervical spine. We will assess these areas thoroughly to ensure they are not responsible for your pain.
Some patients visiting our Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent discover that their shoulder pain is related to muscle strains in the triceps or subscapularis (beneath the shoulder blade). Visiting a skilled Chiropractor in Stoke on Trent will ensure that you obtain the correct diagnosis.
After we have diagnosed the cause of your shoulder pain and determined chiropractic care is appropriate for you, we will perform an adjustment and formulate a long-term treatment plan. This plan may incorporate home exercises and several lifestyle changes.
Exercises to relieve shoulder pain
Many patients visiting our Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent require physical therapy to help their shoulder heal and become stronger. I have created a series of short videos which demonstrate the types of shoulder stretches that are useful for those patients. You can view these videos by visiting https://city-chiropractic.com/shoulder-pain-exercises
If you want to book a visit with one of our experienced Chiropractors in Stoke on Trent, contact City Chiropractic on 01782 848 184.
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