Shoulder Pain Needs Chiropractic Care
Your shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. The shoulder joint is a shallow ball and socket joint that is held together by numerous muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The nerves that supply the shoulder muscles exit from the cervical spine or neck, and supply the nerve impulses to the tissues that control the shoulders function.
We use our shoulders for almost all of our daily activities. Every day we use our shoulders to we brush our teeth in the morning, eating lunch, driving to and from work, computer usage, and even when we swing our arms when we walk or run! If you have ever had some discomfort in your shoulder you know that it can affect everything in your daily life. What most people don’t realize is that most shoulder injuries are from poor posture, repetitive motions, and overuse! This means the activities that we do on a daily basis are some of the most common ways to de-condition or make your shoulders weak. Add these everyday seemingly minor stresses with weekend activities such as throwing the ball around, or pulling the cord on the lawnmower for the first time, and you can see how the neck and shoulder are some of the most commonly injured regions of the body.
Here is list of some of the most common causes of shoulder problems:
- Cervical Spine Misalignment:
Decreased nerve supply to the tissues that make up the shoulder girdle create muscle weakness, imbalance and instability.
Chronic poor posture and lack of proper exercise.
Arthritis is the gradual breakdown or degeneration of the protective cartilage in the joints, which can be caused by small misalignments over time. The acromioclavicular joint, or AC joint, is the most common joint in the shoulder to develop this.
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis:
Tendonitis is when tendons become compressed on a rigid bone. The compressed tendons become inflamed or damaged and can cause pain. This can actually occur from repetitive motions in our daily activities.
One of the most common shoulder injuries. Shoulder bursitis of the rotator cuff is an inflammation of a fluid-filled sac or bursa. The bursa lies between a tendon and skin or between a tendon and bone protecting the joint and helping to create fluid movements.
- Rotator Cuff Tear:
Rotator cuff tears can be described as damage to either tendons or muscles causing separation of the tissues from the bone. Surgery is sometimes necessary for this condition.
- Frozen Shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis:
The tissues that make the shoulder capsule thicken and become tight. This is a common condition that leads to stiffness of the joint and can lead to the development of scar-like adhesions in the joint. These adhesions can actually cause inability of all joint movement.
- SLAP Lesion:
The SLAP lesion is a type of labral tear. This means there is damage to the cartilage that forms the shoulder socket. The most common cause of this injury is a simple fall onto an outstretched hand.
As you can see, the there are many different ways to injure your shoulder.
Shoulder Pain and Chiropractic Care?
Yes. Chiropractors are experts in diagnosing and correcting problems due to misalignment in joints and the spine. While many typically associate back and neck pain with chiropractic care, shoulder pain is also an area the chiropractors at Kempsville Chiropractic successfully treat on a daily basis.
As chiropractors, we see shoulder problems every single day and treat them successfully. Our main focus as chiropractors is to find the underlying cause of shoulder conditions and fix the cause. One of the main causes of many shoulder conditions, as mentioned earlier in this article, are cervical spine subluxations or misalignments in the spine that put pressure on the nerves. Chiropractors are experts at correcting these subluxations. As a result, the nerve supply to the shoulder is optimal and the shoulder joint and the surrounding muscles and ligaments are able to function better to prevent injury.
Many people know that chiropractors work with the spine but we also work on all joints in the body, including the shoulder. Here at Kempsville Chiropractic, our patients understand that we treat the body as a whole, looking directly at the nervous system to correct the underlying causes of pain and discomfort, not just treating and covering up pain symptoms.
Call us at 757.467.5258 to arrange an appointment with Kempsville Chiropractic. Shoulder pain can be debilitating if allowed to progress. Everyday movements and enjoyable activities may have to be curtailed if you go too long without proper treatment. If any of your friends and family can benefit from this article, please recommend this article to them.
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