Approximately seven and a half million people throughout the United States visit a Chiropractor to treat some form of shoulder pain, each year. This is because of the complexity of your shoulder joints, as they are the most flexible, intricate, and mobile joint your body has.
Because of their flexibility, you can almost effortlessly perform various activities and movements that help carry you throughout your work and personal life. Conversely, your shoulder joints are also extremely fragile and the same reasons why they can move so fluidly, are also why they are susceptible to pain and injuries.
Both of your shoulders are made of three unique bones, which are the:
They also contain connecting ligaments and approximately twenty independent muscles. The Glenohumeral Joint is known as your main shoulder joint and is connected by your Rotator Cuff, which consists of other ligaments and groups of muscles. Most new patients who seek treatment for shoulder pain do so because of problems with their Rotator Cuffs, which can be caused by trauma, imbalances in your muscles, or by the friction of the tissue surrounding your shoulder joint.
If you are heavily involved with some type of sport or exercise routine that requires repetitive use of your shoulders, such as tennis or golf, overuse can cause your muscles to become overly strained or even tear. However, if you are also the type to find yourself slouching throughout your day, perhaps because of your occupation, you are also at risk for developing imbalances in your shoulder muscles, which can lead to joint dysfunction.
This can take place when one or more of the Rotator Cuff tendons that hold your arm in place become inflamed or torn by some type of injury or overuse. Because of this, pain and limitation of normal motion can eventually develop, if left untreated. Depending on the extent of the condition, symptoms range from slight catching or pain to the complete inability to use your arm.
Another common condition that’s typically found among middle age women is called, “Frozen Shoulder.” This debilitating condition occurs when the ligaments and tendons of the Glenohumeral Joint become so irritated that adhesions begin to develop, causing the joint to become stuck together. This tends to result in significant limitation of shoulder motion and surging pain that makes it difficult for some individuals to execute even the most basic functions, like getting dressed or opening a car door. If left untreated, Frozen Shoulder can take several years to resolve and create permanent damage.
Chiropractic treatment for most shoulder conditions tends to utilize only a handful of techniques. Your Snellville Chiropractor will need to correct the imbalance of muscle tissue with either a soft tissue or electrotherapy modalities in order to properly restore mobility to the shoulder joints and adjust any misalignments that are connected to your spine. Most Chiropractors will also recommend some unique form of rehabilitative exercises that help support the recovery process.
Whether its poor posture from playing on the computer or getting hurt from sports, children and teenagers are just as susceptible to shoulder pain as adults are. Most children that are heavily involved with some type of sport tend to experience partial or full dislocations, which require immediate chiropractic treatment in order to avoid long-term pain. Whether treating tendonitis or some form of dislocation, your Chiropractor will be able to provide a strategy that focuses on your child’s unique condition.
Our staff of professional, fully-accredited Chiropractors makes scheduling an appointment easy with 24/7 access and same-day appointments. If you are suffering from hip pain or a particular condition, leaving it untreated will cause your pain to continue and might lead to long-term ailments. Talk to one of our licensed Chiropractors by calling (404) 889-8826 today.