Shoulder pain quickly limits your ability to perform many of the most basic daily tasks, like brushing your teeth or driving a car. Perhaps you’ve taken a fall or just find that the pain in your shoulder has gotten worse for no obvious reason. The Advanced Chiropractic Group in Santa Barbara offers a solution. A chiropractor can often treat and relieve your shoulder pain no matter what the cause.
Anatomy and Shoulder Pain
Your shoulder is a very complex structure where three different bones meet. The humerus, scapula, and clavicle, you may know these as the upper arm bone, shoulder blade, and collar bone, all come together in the shoulder joint. A network of ligaments, tendons, and muscle provide support and control all shoulder movements. In addition, your shoulder has numerous blood vessels and nerves, which can become inflamed or compressed after an injury or with overuse. Finally, the shoulder joint is surrounded by a fluid-filled sac called a bursa, which cushions and lubricates the joint. Damage to any of these structures can cause pain and limit range of motion.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
Injuries and overuse are the top two precipitating factors for people who develop pain in the shoulder. A fall onto an outstretched arm, for example, can result in a dislocated shoulder. An acute and very painful injury, a dislocated shoulder requires immediate emergency treatment. However, overuse injuries are more insidious, you might not even be able to identify just what caused the problem. Repetitive motions like throwing, hitting a ball with a bat or tennis racket, or daily activities like sweeping can all cause inflammation and pain. Tendinitis and bursitis are the result of inflammation, while a frozen shoulder can result from lack of movement in the joint.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Shoulder pain is typically accompanied by inflammation, limited activity, or even weakness in the arm. If the problems result from a misalignment in the shoulder joint, a chiropractor can adjust the joint. Massage helps relieve spasm in the muscles. Cold and heat therapy can help relieve inflammation, while treatments like laser therapy promote tissue healing. Perhaps most important, a chiropractor doesn’t just deal with a single symptom, but tries to improve your overall health. This might include nutritional counseling to reduce the intake of inflammatory foods or a targeted exercise program to strengthen and stretch muscles.
Chiropractic treatment is always aimed at pain relief, restoration of movement and flexibility, and promoting wellness. Whether you’re dealing with shoulder pain or other musculoskeletal issues, Advanced Chiropractic Group can help. Please contact us at (805) 681-7322 or come by the office, at 5350 Hollister Avenue Suite A 3, in Santa Barbara. We offer extended hours for your convenience.