Shoulder pain and Chiropractic

Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints that does not involve the spine in todays Chiropractic offices. Several different structures of the shoulder may be the cause of pain and may be injured in certain types of athletic or occupational activities.
Tears of the glenoid labrum are possible. The glenoid labrum is a small lip of cartilage that acts to stabilize the shoulder. Often tears of the glenoid labrum cause the shoulder to get stuck in a certain position and have to be clicked or moved back into place. Injuries to the glenoid labrum are usually traumatic and not associated with overuse.
Injury to the glenoid labrum may also cause a sense of weakness in the shoulder or a feeling of instability.
The joint of the clavicle or collar bone and the scapula or shoulder blade is an often injured joint as well. The joint is commonly known as the AC joint. The AC joint is often injured by falling on the point of the shoulder. Often in football when a player is tackled with the arms to the side and falls on the point of the shoulder, the AC joint is injured. More serious separations of the AC joint result in elevation of the outside end of the collar bone.
Often shoulder pain may radiate from the neck. The joints of the neck may refer pain into both the shoulder and face. Chiropractic manipulation is often highly effective in treatment of this type of pain. Disc problems in the neck are also able to radiate pain into the shoulder. It is said that true cervical disc herniations are rare after age 40. Degenerative changes to the joints of the neck are also one common cause of pain that is referred into the shoulder.
Repetitive activities of the shoulder are another common cause of shoulder pain seen by Chiropractors. Often overhead work such as carpentry is a common cause. Swimming is another sport that may cause shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is caused by thickening and irritation of the tendons of the rotator cuff. The thickened, inflammed tendons may also rub on various structures of the shoulder including the collar bone which produces pain and further inflammation. Myofascial release techniques are effective treatment in cases of shoulder impingement.
In more rare cases the gallbladder or heart may refer pain into the shoulder.
Dr. Tom Etter is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience in Olathe, Kansas and Lenexa, Kansas. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain and sports injuries involving the shoulder.

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