Dr. Oscar Noriega DC

SHOULDER PAIN TREATMENT IN MURFREESBORO, TN

The shoulder joint is one of the most mobile and used joints of the body, and if injured, can make everyday work like brushing your hair painful. An injury to any nerve, bursa, tendon, or other similar tissues surrounding the joint can lead to shoulder pain.

What’s worse is that shoulder pain tends to worsen while doing things that affect the joint. Examples are while lifting an arm, or bowling, or gymnastics. However, the good news is that no matter the reason chiropractors can provide pain relief. 

Alleviate the shoulder pain

TREATMENT FOR SHOULDER PAIN - POSTURAL SYNDROME

Rest, and an ice pack is the best treatment for shoulder pain due to trauma or excessive strain like sports or cleaning. You can get temporary pain relief from over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.

However, if you suffer from a frozen shoulder, then it’s better to consult your chiropractor, especially if there is severe or persistent pain because delaying only restricts your movement.

Shoulder Pain Causes

About the causes for shoulder pain, it can be due to any of these reasons, or for no apparent reason:

  • Any hard tissue injury like an injury to the ligaments or tendons or a fracture
  • Finding it difficult and painful while lifting an arm.
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sleeping on one side
  • Referred pain from some disease or condition in your chest or abdomen structure that doesn’t increase with movement
  • Working for long hours at a desk job inducing prolonged strain
  • Postural syndrome or poor posture triggering pain through the neck, back, shoulders, arms, and legs

With so many possible causes, your chiropractor must first identify the reason for your pain. They then improve the alignment and treat tissues like pain, muscle spasms, and inflammation through gentle chiropractic adjustments.

Shoulder pain diagnostics

When you visit your chiropractor, you will first have to undergo a shoulder exam. It’s necessary for your doctor to properly diagnose the condition. It’s also to check for any swelling or redness if there is shoulder tenderness and your shoulder range of motion.

If required, your chiropractor may also order some additional tests like an MRI or a CT scan. It’s so that they get a better picture of the cause and type of pain.

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How do we treat shoulder pain?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT shoulder pain

Can a chiropractor adjust your shoulder?

Yes, your chiropractor uses chiropractic adjustments to treat, and provide rotator cuff pain relief. Shoulder pain specialists know the right treatments to take care of any shoulder blade injury, and any possible misalignment conditions.

Why is my shoulder pain not going away?

If the pain persists or an everyday activity is painful, it is an indication of aggravated tissues. They start sending pain signals even while not doing anything, and this type of pain and inflammation can lead to more injuries like tissue tears or early arthritis. Early treatment can prevent full rotator cuff tears and possible arthritis.

Can a chiropractor fix shoulder impingement?

Yes, chiropractors can treat pinched impingements, which can lead to neck pain along with pain radiating to the arms from the shoulders. Muscle imbalance is the most common reason for a pinched nerve, and your chiropractor’s adjustments are more than enough to restore balance and release the pinched nerve. 

Why does my shoulder pain get worse at night?

If you notice that your shoulder pain is worsening at night, then it’s because of the three conditions- bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and tendonitis. What happens is that the inflammation in each case tends to pull on the shoulder joint. The tendency is more while the area is compressed, like while you lie on your side in bed. It leads to shoulder pain and stiffness and possible muscle spasms, numbness, and radiating tingling to the fingers. 

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