The National Center for Health Statistics reports one in every four Americans have suffered from a physical pain that lasts longer than 24 hours. Frequently, those with pain rely on medications to numb their discomfort—ignoring the root problems causing their pain. Shoulder pain is a common complaint among many adults that can impede the ability to move, sleep or function normally. Don’t settle for a non-diagnosis that gives momentary relief without a plan for healing.
Sports Injury, Disease and Auto Accident Among Common Causes for Shoulder Pain
Pain is often a signal from the body to the brain that something is wrong. Shoulder pain can be due to sports injury, overuse, disease, tendon inflammation and more. The shoulder is a joint comprised of multiple joints, making it a complex and weaker point of the body. While offering a wide range of motion, the shoulder is susceptible to injury and instability. Some people will feel pain all of the time, sharp, aching or radiating down the arm. Others may feel pain only when moving the shoulder in a certain way or lifting weight. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, you will want to see a doctor who will help you find a solution to end the pain.
In order to effectively address and treat shoulder pain, your doctor should first determine the problem causing pain. If your doctor just wants to assign pain meds, your body will not heal as quickly as it could, leading to dependency and possibly chronic pain problems.
Shoulder Injury: From broken bones to torn muscles or tendons, your shoulder is very susceptible to injury. Dislocation of the shoulder can cause lasting pain from stretched or torn ligaments. A sports injury from baseball, hockey and football could occur from throwing, impact or hitting. A car accident can also cause shoulder injury from sudden impact or seat belt restraint. Other shoulder injuries might occur from falls, work accidents, lifting and other activities. Injury might include torn muscles or ligaments in the shoulder as well as fractures in the upper arm, collar bone or shoulder blade that manifest as shoulder pain.
Poor Posture: Muscles can get tight from poor posture or bad sleeping positions. Some shoulder pain may be due to working slouched at a desk or sleeping in a way that is harmful to the shoulder joint.
Overuse: If your job or sport requires a specific motion in the arm, the shoulder joint may be injured by ligament tears or other overuse problems. Sport injury from volleyball, baseball and tennis may occur with the repetitive motions of throwing, pitching, swinging or serving.
Impingement: If the shoulder blade puts pressure on the underlying soft tissues with movement, the rotator cuff tendons and bursa can be impacted. This rubbing of the joint can lead to bursitis or tendinitis which will cause pain and limit motion.
Arthritis: A common source of shoulder pain can come from various types of arthritis in the shoulder. Typically arthritis slowly causes stiffness and pain in the joints. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, starting in mid-age and increasing with age. When arthritis makes it hard to move the joint without pain, many will stop using those shoulder movements and increase the tightness of the joint, making the pain and immobility worse.
Seeing Your South Florida Chiropractor for Shoulder Pain
At Back to Mind Chiropractic, we want to address your shoulder pain and not just mask it with pain relieving medications. Rather than hide the symptoms, we will help you identify and pinpoint your pain, lessening the impact it has on your life. A chiropractic approach relieves pain and helps heal the body with increased blood flow, relaxation and flexibility. As the body is allowed to heal, strengthening and corrective treatments can be used to reduce the potential for re-injury. We have two convenient locations in South Florida where we’ve been treating problems like yours for 18 years.
Your chiropractor will want to get a medical history, including any injuries or accidents you’ve had that might be contributing to the problem. A physical examination will then take place to get a feel for what might be hindering motion or causing pain. Additional tests, like an X-ray, MRI or CT scan might be needed for certain problems or injury diagnosis.
Ending the Pain and Starting Recovery
If you are tired of the persistent pain and frustration of your shoulder injury, set up your free consultation now. Let us help you identify the problem and find the ideal solutions. With a combination of treatments focused on your overall wellness, we can help you discover natural pain relief and healing. Call us now and let’s work on healing your shoulder! We have four locations in Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and Tamarac.