The shoulder is one of the most useful and flexible joints in the body. Unfortunately, this versatility is what makes it easy to injure. The numerous ligaments that stabilize the shoulder muscles are liable to strain or tear. When this happens, the two common shoulder conditions that arise are rotator cuff syndrome and frozen shoulders. Both cause immense pain and restrict mobility, and will persist unless treated properly.
You might try taking pills or applying hot/cold to the spot with only temporary results. If you’re someone who’s active, the temporary relief pills or heat provide can even lead to further aggravation as you try to resume activity too quickly. For true relief, you’ll need to seek chiropractic help.
Chiropractic isn’t just for an aching back—it’s also an ideal way to address shoulder conditions like rotator cuff syndrome and frozen shoulders. The staff at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC is familiar with both of these debilitating conditions and is no stranger to helping patients across the region overcome them.
Determining chronic shoulder pain
Mild shoulder pain that only lasts a couple of days is nothing to be concerned about. But severe pain or pain that restricts movement for more than a couple of days could be a sign of something worse. Often, overuse and wear and tear lead to damaged ligaments in the shoulder. The result could be rotator cuff syndrome or a frozen shoulder.
Rotator cuff syndrome
This is the result of inflammation, swelling, or tearing of the rotator cuff. It’s most commonly found in the supraspinatus tendon. Muscular imbalances in the chest or back can result in excessive strain on the rotator cuff. This injury is associated with any activity or sport that requires overhand motion, such as baseball pitching or swimming. When you have rotator cuff syndrome, raising the arm to the side may cause intense pain.
This condition is actually a result of rotator cuff syndrome progression. Some people will simply stop using the affected shoulder to avoid pain, which causes improper healing. Adhesions between muscles and ligaments can form or degeneration can set in. This leads to an even further decreased range of motion and is associated with long-term conditions like osteoarthritis. The restricted range of motion indicative of the condition is the reason for the moniker “frozen” shoulder.
Addressing ongoing shoulder problems
Fortunately, chiropractic can help mitigate shoulder pain. The measurement and restoration of range of motion are cornerstones of chiropractic treatment, which can be directly applied to rotator cuff syndrome and frozen shoulders.
First, a chiropractor will provide an accurate diagnosis of your shoulder issue through radiological imaging. This allows them to understand where tissue and ligaments may be affected and to what degree. From there, they may put you on a specific physical therapy plan to strengthen muscles and ligaments crucial to shoulder movement. Or, if damage is extensive, myofascial therapy or rehabilitative strengthening may be recommended. Finally, spinal manipulation to enhance stability may also be used in treatment.
You don’t have to live with chronic shoulder pain. If it hurts to use your shoulder or you’re experiencing a noticeable setback in your range of motion, it’s time to address the problem head-on. Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC will help provide a definitive assessment of your shoulder pain, so you can start healing.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll help you learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach and how it can be leverage to treat shoulder conditions that are limiting in your everyday life.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.