Shoulder Pain: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Picture of older male with shoulder painThe shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint, which makes it susceptible to shoulder injuries and other conditions that can cause shoulder pain. The most common causes of shoulder injuries include chronic wear and tear (such as repetitive overhead motion) and direct impact (such as a high-impact collision or fall).

While chiropractic care is often associated with treating neck pain and back pain, it is also a viable treatment option for shoulder pain. Below, I discuss the most common shoulder conditions that can cause shoulder pain and possible chiropractic treatment options.

Common shoulder conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Partial and/or full rotator cuff tears
  • Dislocated shoulders
  • Shoulder fractures or labral tears
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

The key to successfully treating any musculoskeletal condition—including conditions associated with shoulder pain—is identifying the underlying cause of the pain, which is the overall goal of chiropractic care. This often starts by locating the restricted joints and muscles in the region, and then addressing the patient’s dysfunctional movement patterns or limitations.

Chiropractic treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition. In most cases, shoulder conditions can be treated with chiropractic manipulation, myofascial release and/or corrective exercise techniques. In addition, the following may be recommended:

  • Dietary supplements
  • Activity restrictions
  • Rehabilitative taping (e.g. KinesioTaping)
  • Dry needling

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If you suspect any of the above conditions, it is important to seek care as soon as possible. Contact Pottawattamie County Sports & Family Chiropractic today for more information or to schedule an appointment.