Common Reasons for Shoulder Pain
By Sara Butler
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 7 million Americans will visit their doctor due to shoulder problems this year alone. Most injuries to the shoulder involve damage to the muscles, ligaments or tendons. No matter what kind of pain you may be experiencing with your shoulder or the cause of it, it’s not something you should ignore. You need to seek help before any symptoms you might have become a bigger problem. It just so happens your chiropractor is the perfect person to see.
Here are some of the most common causes of shoulder pain and how your chiropractor may be able to help.
Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury
The most common symptoms associated with shoulder injuries are:
- Problems rotating the arm
- Problems holding your shoulder in a normal position
- Popping or sliding sensation in the joint
- Lack of strength during daily activities
If you experience any of these symptoms you should bring them to the attention of your chiropractor as soon as you can.
Common Causes of Pain
There are about five common reasons for your shoulder to hurt. They are:
- Rotator cuff injury – Repetitive movements put stress on your shoulder and can cause damage to the rotator cuff in the shoulder joint. Some pain is part of the normal of wear and tear on your body, but if you can’t get it to go away with ice therapy you need to tell your chiropractor.
- Bursitis – This is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sac in your shoulder called the bursa. Its job is to cushion the muscles, bones, and tendons of the joint. If it becomes irritated and inflamed, it can make even simple movements painful, especially reaching above your head.
- Dislocation of the shoulder – When the bone of your upper arm comes out of the shoulder socket, it can cause intense pain. This often happens as the result of an accident. You need medical attention to ensure the joint is returned to proper alignment.
- Frozen shoulder – This condition occurs when the connective tissue that lines the joint becomes inflamed and thickens. As it becomes more inflamed it will become extremely stiff and painful and eventually make it difficult to move. It can take a year or more with treatment to regain full mobility.
- Osteoarthritis – When the cartilage that protects your joints wears down as you age you can develop this condition, which causes chronic pain. There’s no cure but you can manage pain and restore mobility with the help of your chiropractor.
Shoulder pain isn’t something you should shrug off. Talk to your chiropractor about it today at The Joint Chiropractic.