Shoulder Pain Treatment and Relief
Patient-Focused Chiropractic Treatment of Shoulder Pain
The experienced doctors here at Balderston Chiropractic Clinic offer safe, noninvasive, and hands-on treatment options for those experiencing shoulder pain, including isolating the source of the pain and offering therapeutic treatment to improve shoulder strength and flexibility.
Anatomy of the Shoulder
The upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle) make up the shoulder. A variety of muscles and tendons keep the arm positioned in the shoulder socket, and tissues known as the rotator cuff cover the top of the humerus, attaching it to the scapula.
Together, this combination of bones, joints, tendons, and muscles allows for a wide range of motion in the shoulder, the most mobile joint in the human body. But injury or overuse can lead to painful problems in this complex structure. After lower back pain, shoulder pain is the second most common cause of occupational injury claims, according to a 2002 report in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association.
Chiropractic Treatment for Shoulder Pain
Effective treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis of your shoulder pain, which may include an analysis of your medical history, current medical conditions, medications, and lifestyle.
Chiropractors typically use a variety of soft-tissue approaches to treat and manage shoulder pain, including:
- Cryotherapy: the application of ice or cold packs to the injured area to reduce blood flow and relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation
- Mobilization: a gradual physical adjustment of soft tissue or joints to reduce discomfort, increase range of motion, or to isolate the source of the pain and restore normal function
- Manipulation: the application of controlled force to the joint.
- Ischemic compression: the slow and progressive application of gentle pressure over trigger points in the shoulder muscle that can result in significant improvement of shoulder pain, according to a 2013 study.