Shoulder pain is a common problem that patients present with to both primary care physicians and chiropractic practitioners. There are several underlying conditions that may cause discomfort in this area, many of which may be successfully treated by chiropractic care. In fact, depending upon the condition, a chiropractor may be able to help you avoid surgery altogether by using more conservative treatments. Of course, a proper diagnosis is important in order to determine what kind of treatment is indicated in each case.
Commonly observed causes of shoulder pain include:
The precise nature of chiropractic treatment for shoulder pain depends on which of the above diagnoses is made by your practitioner, but will likely include specific treatments and therapy to improve shoulder mobility and function as well as some degree of spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment to ensure correct spinal alignment (especially in the neck and upper back). Additional measures such as heat or ice packs, stretching and strengthening exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, and rest may also be discussed. Furthermore, your chiropractor will want to look at your overall health, diet and lifestyle to see if any improvements can be made to assist with your healing process. Chiropractors are specialist health care professionals who deal with shoulder pain on a daily basis.
Signs that you should your chiropractor about your shoulder include the following:
If you're experiencing persistent shoulder pain and are looking for relief, call your local chiropractor to find out if chiropractic care is appropriate for you. If you're in the Indianapolis area, feel free to call our office to schedule an appointment at 317-600-3070.