The shoulder is composed of various bones connected together to form a movable joint. It is made up of the upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade bone (scapula), and collar bone (clavicle). The point at which these bones meet is the shoulder joint or the acromioclavicular joint. Each shoulder is held in place by a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff, which protects the humerus and allows for lifting and moving the arm.
A shoulder injury can happen due to various causes. Oftentimes, the shoulder is injured due to repetitive motions of the arm, such as swimming, painting, and other tasks requiring arm movement. It can also happen because of accidents affecting the shoulder, such as sports and falls.
Rotator cuff tear is the most common condition that happens in the shoulder. A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help to rotate the arm and to stabilize the shoulder. Overusing the rotator cuff can lead to the inflammation of the tendons (tendinitis) or, in extreme cases, tearing.
A rotator cuff tear results in significant pain. Some other symptoms associated with a rotator cuff tear are;
Chiropractic care can help relieve and treat shoulder injury and pain. First, the chiropractor will evaluate the patient’s condition by performing a physical assessment and thorough history taking. This will help the doctor understand the condition, including the cause and how to go about the treatment plan. He or she may also request for an imaging study such as an X-ray or MRI to rule out any other possible underlying conditions.
Injuries to the shoulder can cause it to move out of alignment and cause inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. The goal of chiropractic technique is to restore the body’s natural alignment to aid in the healing process. By making sure that the bones, ligaments, and tendons are aligned, the chiropractor can craft a treatment regimen that will strengthen the supporting structures around the injured shoulder and help the patient to recover.
Chiropractors help alleviate shoulder injuries by performing gentle shoulder manipulations and adjustments to restore its natural positioning. Most patients save time and money from surgery when they visit a chiropractor to repair their injured shoulders.
Myofascial release - This therapy involves releasing tensed muscles and a contracted fascia that covers the muscles to relieve pain and swelling.
Electronic Stimulation - also known as E-Stim, this procedure helps relieve pain.
Our chiropractors at Belden Village Chiropractic and Wellness Center are well-versed in treating shoulder injuries. Book an appointment with us now to begin your treatment plan.