The Shoulder and Chiropractic

Shoulder pain is a common complaint in both athletes and less active people. Even though shoulder pain is a common condition most people don’t think of Chiropractic treatment as a primary treatment for shoulder pain. Chiropractic adjustments to the shoulder as well as myofascial release treatments are often highly effective in relieving shoulder pain and lack of function.
The shoulder is a joint primarily designed for mobility. The mobility comes at a price, however, and lack of stability is the price paid for higher mobility. The extremes of motion at the shoulder cause excessive demands of the supporting structures of the shoulder including the muscles, ligaments and shoulder capsule. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that attach to the joint capsule of the shoulder. The purpose of the rotator cuff is to center the upper arm bone (humerus) over the shoulder blade (scapula).
Shoulder complaints are common in such sports as weight lifting, swimming, and throwing sports. Occupations requiring overhead work are also common causes of shoulder pain. The condition known as swimmers shoulder or shoulder impingement is commonly associated with overhead motions and often involves the rotator cuff (specifically the supraspinatus muscle).
Pain in the shoulder may also fe referred from other parts of the body. The neck or thoracic spine are able to refer pain into the shoulder. The internal organs are also able to refer pain into the shoulder including the gall bladder or heart. Compressed nerves in the neck may also radiate pain into the shoulder.
Shoulder impingement is one of the most common causes of pain in the shoulder. Shoulder impingement may also be known as bursitis. Tendinitis of the biceps tendon is another common cause of shoulder pain and commonly effects the front part of the shoulder. In some less active people the pain may be felt at the front of the shoulder. Biceps tendinitis is commonly associated with throwing type motions. Pain in the AC or acromio clavicular joint is also common and may be associated with past injury or separation of the AC joint. Usually the AC joint is injured by falling on the point of the shoulder with the arm at the side.
Dr. Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of experience in Olathe and Lenexa, Kansas. He is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, whiplash, and running injuries.

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