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Shoulder Pain


Treatments for shoulder pain may include various therapies such as radial pulse wave therapy, laser therapy, electric stimulation therapy, and home stretching and strengthening exercises depending on your unique needs.

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About SHOULDER PAIN

Shoulder pain can come on suddenly from an injury or it can set in slowly over time from repetitive motions irritating the joint. Pain around the shoulder can drastically hinder the ability to use the affected arm leading to a huge impact on quality of life.

Pain from the shoulder can spread into neck pain and back pain as the muscles around the shoulder have to work harder because of the injured shoulder. Shoulder problems will eventually impact the quality of work and life, performance level in athletics, or even the quality of sleep. In all scenarios, the shoulder pain catches up with them and treatment must be done to properly fix the problem.

CAUSES OF SHOULDER PAIN

There are 3 primary causes for shoulder pain, they are repetitive motion injuries, shoulder arthritis, and acute injury. Most commonly, repetitive shoulder motion leads to inflammation and pain around the shoulder joint. These repetitive motion injuries occur when the shoulder is forced to move in the same motion over and over again while not allowing adequate time to recover. Some common diagnoses of repetitive stress injuries include: Tendonitis, Joint capsule inflammation (Frozen Shoulder), Thoracic outlet syndrome, and Rotator cuff tears

Shoulder arthritis happens when the mobility and function of the joint diminish over time. Often, poor posture and old injuries can cause an arthritic change in the shoulder joint which leads to chronic pain and loss of function over time. Chronic pain from shoulder arthritis can be felt in the neck and arm in addition to the shoulder itself. Some common chronic shoulder pain diagnoses include Osteoarthritis, Shoulder blade dysfunction, and Acromioclavicular joint dysfunction, 

Acute injuries occur from trauma to the shoulder area. It is a complex joint with many muscles and ligaments supporting it, which unfortunately means it can get injured easily. Usually, the shoulder is injured from slip and fall accidents, athletic injuries, or from auto accidents. Some common acute shoulder injury diagnoses include: Torn Labrum, Rotator cuff tears, fractures,and Torn ligaments

I initially went in for upper back pain and after completing the treatment program, I feel like a whole new person. The care I have received was very thorough. The staff is awesome, they are all very friendly, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend!

-Chevele C.

RISK FACTORs

If you have a job that is hard on the shoulders, have poor posture, or have poor spinal alignment, you are at a higher risk of developing shoulder problems. The problems with your spine will place additional stress on the muscles around the shoulder and the shoulder joint itself, which leads directly to shoulder injuries over time. That stiff feeling we all get across the upper back and shoulders is the best example of this. Don’t just ignore these symptoms or imagine they will go away on their own. Pain like this can worsen over time, so don’t wait for that moment to happen. The sooner these problems are addressed the easier it is to treat these types of conditions. Your best bet is to get checked out the moment this type of pain occurs so it can be treated quickly and effectively before any further damage is done.

Pain like this almost always worsens over time, so don’t wait for that moment to happen. The sooner these problems are addressed the easier it is to treat these types of conditions. Your best bet is to get checked out the moment this type of pain occurs so it can be treated quickly and effectively before any further damage is done. 

People also overlook the impact that the spine has on shoulder function. The spine, if not aligned properly, will place additional stress on the muscles around the shoulder and the shoulder joint itself, which leads directly to shoulder injuries over time. Stiffness across the shoulders and upper back is a chief indicator of poor spinal alignment. Pain like this almost always worsens over time, so addressing this condition quickly is the best way to ensure that treatment is as effective as possible. 

SYMPTOMs OF Shoulder Pain


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Pain Around Shoulder

Pain around the shoulder area, especially when moving the arm

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Reduced Range of Motion

Reduced range of motion when moving the arm

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Popping & Clicking

Popping, clicking, or cracking when moving the arm around

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Weakness

Weakness in the shoulder muscles or arm muscles

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Tingling & Numbness

Tingling and/or numbness in the affected arm/hand

TREATMENT OPTIONS

The good news is that shoulder pain is highly treatable and responds exceptionally well to chiropractic care. At Blue Mountain Wellness, a skilled team will work with you from start to finish to ensure you feel better. One of our doctors will meet with you to listen to your problem and discuss your goals. In order to accurately diagnose the root cause of your problem, the doctor will then take x-rays of your spine and perform a detailed examination of spinal alignment. 

After thoroughly evaluating the information obtained during the examination, the doctor will design a customized treatment plan for you. Each x-ray and treatment will be explained so that you understand exactly what needs to be done to fix the problem. Treatments for shoulder pain may include various therapies such as: 

  • Spinal adjustments to correct spinal alignment and posture issues
  • Laser therapy to help reduce inflammation
  • Radial pulse wave therapy to break up muscles tension and stiffness
  • Electric stimulation therapy to relieve pain and relax muscles
  • Decompression therapy to unpinch nerves
  • Mechanical traction therapy to stretch the spine
  • Vibration plate therapy to activate the muscles and nerves
  • Home stretching and strengthening exercises for shoulder stability

Our Chiropractic Techniques


Chiropractic Care

Our approach to Chiropractic begins with a comprehensive exam to look at the structure and the function of the spine. We have several ways to correct that through non-invasive chiropractic using things like manual adjustments, e-stimulation, intersegmental traction, spinal decompression, laser therapy, flexion distraction, thompson drops, activator methods, and more!

Electric Stimulation Therapy

Electric Stimulation Therapy targets the muscles in the treatment area. It sends a current into the muscle that ultimately helps it to relax and treat inflammation and irritation. Electric Stimulation Therapy is not a painful treatment and is extremely effective.

Exercises and Stretching

Exercises and Stretches are a great way to improve posture and range of motion as well as decrease back pain and prevent injury while decreasing muscle soreness.

Laser Therapy

Warm Infrared Laser Therapy is a great low-risk technique to treat chronic pain. It reduces inflammation and promotes healing and pain relief.

Radial Pulse Wave

Radial Pulse Wave Therapy uses ultrasound technology to send radial pulse waves into the tissue causing it to break up scar tissue and increase blood flow to allow the treatment area to heal itself, naturally.

Decompression

Decompression is a non-surgical and non-invasive therapy that can help reduce back, neck, leg and arm pain. It works by reducing the pressure on the discs and joints.

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