The shoulder is by far the most mobile joint in the body which means a lot can go wrong. Shoulder pain is a common complaint, usually the result of overuse or injury. Persistent shoulder pain or decreased mobility of the shoulder should be evaluated to determine the cause of the problem. We almost always find that there is involvement of the cervical spine with shoulder problems. This is because the nerves that supply the shoulder and the arm exit from the cervical spine.
The shoulder is also stabilized by four muscles. These four muscles make up the rotator cuff and include the subscapularis, teres minor, supraspinatus, and infraspinatus. Together, these muscles assist in stabilizing the shoulder joint as well as in performing various arm movements. These muscles must be balanced and working together for there to be pain-free, normal shoulder mobility. Injuries to the shoulder can cause these muscles to become unstable and then pull asymmetrically, causing pain, decreased range of motion and inflammation. This can lead to a “Frozen Shoulder”.
Sometimes shoulder pain is due to a partial tear of the rotator cuff. Common causes of a rotator cuff tear are:
How Can We Help?
At Chiropractic Arts Center of Austin, P.C., our approach is very specific and effective. We will begin with a detailed consultation, examination, and x-rays (except in inappropriate situations), so that we know exactly what your problem is. We would also rule out any conditions which would not be appropriate for care in our office and direct you to the appropriate type of provider if necessary. We want to know what your goals are and what you would like to do that you are currently missing out on. With the information we find upon your visit, combined with your goals, we will create a customized care plan to correct the problem. The majority of all shoulder problems, including tears, can heal with conservative care consisting of specific chiropractic adjustments, Cold Laser therapy and home care. Home care includes using ice, not heat, whenever there is pain, swelling, or inflammation. We also recommend specific stretches and exercises to strengthen and rehabilitate weak, injured muscles.
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