Did you know… your shoulder is the most unstable and moveable joint in your body. Its wide range of motion is facilitated by four primary muscles and their tendons, which together are called the rotator cuff. If your shoulder becomes inflamed or an impingement occurs, you may make the mistake of avoiding using your arm to help it heal. It may surprise you to learn that controlled movement is one of the best ways to heal. Not moving your shoulder can actually contribute to more pain – or even lead to a frozen shoulder!
The most common source of pain in the shoulder is the tendons. Your tendons attach the muscles of the shoulder to the bones. If the sac of fluid that cushions your shoulder becomes swollen and painful as a result of repetitive motion, you may have bursitis. If a tendon in your shoulder becomes inflamed, you may have tendonitis. If a tendon gets pinched between or under the bones of your shoulder, it can result in shoulder impingement. Lifting overhead repetitively can cause impingement, and you may experience swelling and pain. If a tendon in your shoulder becomes torn, you have a rotator cuff tear. Your rotator cuff can become damaged due to overuse, injury, or age, and tears usually cause pain when lifting and may be accompanied by a popping sound.
Your shoulder and spine work together. While it may seem like they are two completely different and independent areas of the body, research has shown that postural abnormalities can play a significant role in your likelihood of developing shoulder pain. Maintaining a full range of motion in your shoulder and in the spinal joints of your neck and mid-back can help reduce your chances of experiencing shoulder pain. If you’ve been living with shoulder discomfort or difficulty moving, take a moment to contact us for a complete evaluation. We’ll work together with you to create a movement-based plan that gives you the best chance of finding long-term relief, naturally.
Much like the shoulder, there are many joints around the body with ligaments, tendons, muscles, etc. that can cause problems. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and find solutions to all extremities of the body. If we cannot help directly with treatment, we will refer you to someone we trust will take the best care of you.
- Immediate Effects of Spinal Manipulation on Shoulder Motion Range and Pain in Individuals with Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Trial. J Chiropr Med. 2019.