Chiropractic and Shoulder Pain Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many causes of this problem. We have listed some of the most common conditions here to help you get an idea what they are and what chiropractic treatment can do to help.
When do you need to call your Chiropractor about your shoulder pain?
Like any other pain condition, the sooner you get appropriate care the quicker the pain will go and allow you to go back to normal activities, the sooner you get appropriate care the less likely you are to get a recurrent and chronic problem.
If you are unsure of the cause of your shoulder pain, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek Chiropractic help. Treatment of these conditions must be directed at the specific cause of your problem to be effective.
Some signs that you should be seen by a Chiropractor include:
The treatment of shoulder pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is important for the chiropractor to accurate diagnose the problem before any treatment can start. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek advice before beginning any self-treatment. Not all treatments listed here are appropriate for every condition, but may be helpful in your situation. Just remember, resting and taking painkillers only, is not a treatment that is likely to help your shoulder in the long term. But may well be part of what you need to do when the treatment start.
Here is a list of some of the most common causes for shoulder pain, for a more detailed explanation please click on the condition.
Referred pain from the neck
When the structures in the neck are painful, the pain is often felt over the shoulder. It is important to remember this and your chiropractor will always examine your neck when you come in for shoulder pain.
Bursitis/ Rotator Cuff Tendinitis = Impingement syndrome
The most common diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain is bursitis and tendinitis of the rotator cuff musculature causing impingement syndrome.
Rotator Cuff Tear
Different degrees of rotator cuff tears can occur. If the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone, surgery is sometimes necessary.
Also called ‘adhesive capsulitis,’ this is a common condition that leads to severely restricted movement of the shoulder.
Calcific tendinitis is a condition of calcium deposits within a tendon – most commonly within the rotator cuff tendons. Treatment of calcific tendinitis depends on the extent of symptoms.
Instability is a problem that causes a loose joint. Instability can be caused by a traumatic injury (dislocation), or may be a developed condition.
A dislocation is an injury that occurs when the ball-part of the shoulder joint (top of the arm bone) slips out of the socket (part of the shoulder blade).
Ligament injury (Acromio-Clavicular Tear)
Also called an A/C separation, these injuries are the result of a disruption of the acromio-clavicular joint. This is a very different injury from a gleno-humeral dislocation.
There are several patterns of a torn labrum and the type of treatment depends on the specific injury.
Shoulder arthritis is less common than knee and hip arthritis, but when severe may require a joint replacement surgery. However, arthritic changes are more common in the acromio-clavicular joint between the collarbone and the shoulder blade.
Biceps Tendon Rupture
The upper part of the biceps tendon can rupture and cause shoulder pain.
Referred pain from internal organs
It is important to remember that pain from the gall bladder can be felt over the right shoulder and pain from the pancreas can be felt over the left shoulder, and most importantly, heart attacks can refer pain into the left shoulder and arm.
Chiropractors are trained in medical diagnosis and one of the priorities in the examination is to rule out more serious medical conditions before any treatment can start. For more information on how chiropractic can help, contact us. We'll take good care of you! 530-5775433
We have been providing chiropractic in the South Lake Tahoe for over 22 years now. During this time we have come to realize three things:
1. Many chiropractic patients and prospective chiropractic patients prefer a walk in chiropractor vs. making an appointment. They like to know they can just walk-in when they feel the need.
2. Busy athletes, parents, office workers and executives do not have much of a tolerance for long wait times. Little to no wait times are best.
3. The food must be great. What we mean by this is the chiropractic consumer expects high quality care from the doctors and staff…and they want it with a smile.
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Whether you are suffering with back, neck or wrist pain from long hours of sitting and repetitive use of the upper extremities or a sports injury from weekend warrior or elite athlete activities, we can help. We also specialize in the nonsurgical treatment of herniated and bulging herniated discs. With a blend of chiropractic care, myofascial release, progressive rehab and massage.
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Over 1 million people are injured in rear-end collisions each year in the US, and many of these “minor” crashes result in real injuries. In fact, research shows that many people develop chronic pain from these types of car crashes. Chiropractic is one of the best ways to treat and recover from auto injuries. By restoring your spine to it’s healthy functioning without drugs or surgery, it’s the perfect approach.
Here’s why chiropractic is the best way to treating your auto injury pain:
1. Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation
During a crash, the ligaments and muscles of your spine can be stretched or experience micro-tears. X-rays or MRI scans usually aren’t sophisticated enough to diagnose these kinds of injuries, but this tissue damage causes the area to become inflamed. Many times, an auto injury patient won’t feel much discomfort immediately after the crash, but they wake up the next morning to a stiff and painful neck. This is caused by the body’s inflammation response to these micro-lesions.
A 2010 study (1) found that chiropractic adjustments actually helps the body release anti-inflammatory Interleukin 6 (IL-6), an important substance created by your body that’s used to help heal acute injuries.
2. Chiropractic Restores Motion
Another problem with inflammation is that the tissues become immobile, which can slow healing to the area. Ligaments of the spine don’t get many nutrients or blood supply normally, and this becomes even more difficult when inflamed and injured.
During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized, which helps increase blood flow and healing nutrients to the area.
3. Chiropractic Reduces Scar Tissue
Your body heals ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries by creating scar tissue. Scar tissue in an injured area is made up of the same kind of cells as the original tissue, but it’s laid down rapidly and randomly as a temporary “patch” on top of the damaged area.
If you get scar tissue in a large muscle, it can be uncomfortable for a while until you stretch it out, but it most likely won’t cause any long-term problems. Scar tissue in the ligaments of your neck or back, however, can be much more debilitating, since we can’t stretch it out ourselves. Your chiropractor focuses the adjustments on these specific vertebral joints that are fixated, effectively stretching them and breaking up the scar tissue in the joint.
4. Chiropractic Relieves Localized Pain
Over the last 20 years, countless studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to reduce pain. In fact, a 2013 study (2) found that 94% of patients experienced neck pain relief with manipulation!
5. Chiropractic Reduces Pain in Your Whole Body
Many auto injury patients develop more widespread pain after a crash, especially if the original injury wasn’t treated promptly. A 2014 study (3) reported that people who received a chiropractic adjustment had increased levels of pain-reducing hormones in their bloodstream.
6. Chiropractic Relieves Stress
A car crash is a very stressful life event, especially if you’re in pain. When your body is exposed to trauma, it goes into a flight or fight response, which can result in anxiety, depression, and stress. A 2011 study (4) used PET scans to look at the brains of people who received chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. They found that those patients had reduced brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly lower levels of cortisol, indicating reduced stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment.
Reducing your overall level of stress is important, because, left untreated, stress can also slow recovery time and increase your risk of developing chronic pain.
7. Chiropractic Works!
Researchers have recognized that chiropractic is a great way to help people recover from auto injuries for many decades. In 1996, British researchers (5) found that 93% of auto injury patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care.
In 2015, an Ontario, Canada government group (6) agreed that spinal manipulation, combined with staying active and continuing to work, are the most important factors in recovering quickly from car crash injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, you don’t have to suffer from chronic pain. Chiropractic is a great way to help your body heal from all kinds of injuries. We see many patients who have suffered injuries from accidents and we help them become pain and symptom free. Give us a call for a free consultation. 530-577-5433
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The complaint of back pain is among the most common medical problems. The spine is a complex structure that must move in complicated ways. There are several causes to upper back pain as well as mid-back pain. Although both upper and mid back pain are more rare than lower back pain, they can be nagging conditions that get worse over time. Proper diagnosis of the underlying cause is essential to proper treatment.
Lower back pain is by far more common that other spinal pain conditions. Understanding the cause of your back pain is the key to proper treatment. Because back pain is difficult for most doctors to treat, a better understanding of the causes of this problem will assist patients in choosing the right doctor to help you.
Causes of Back Pain:
Muscle strains are the most common cause of back pain. Patients may or may not remember the initial event that triggered their muscle spasm, but the pain from muscle strain or spasm causes more complex problems if it persists for more than a few days. Spinal dysfunction, strain on the discs and future degeneration can develop with untreated muscle spasm or dysfunction.
A ruptured intervertebral disc, also called a herniated disc, is another common cause of back pain. How to treat the back pain from a herniated disc depends on the particular individual and situation. Our office utilizes a combination of treatments utilized to help people avoid surgery in the case of ruptured discs. Not every patient qualifies for this procedure, but of those that do qualify studies showed that 86% of those patients were improved from this procedure. If you have been told you need surgery and want to see if you can avoid the pain and risk of surgery, contact our office for a low back pain consultation.
Discogenic Back Pain
Discogenic back pain is thought to be a common cause of low back pain. Discogenic back pain is the result of damage to the intervertabral disc, but without disc herniation. These cases are many times frustrating for doctors and therapists as the patients are not responding to conventional procedures and the pain can be unrelenting. Utilizing a disc pain protocol, our doctors have developed a program that is helping patients get the accurate diagnosis of the discogenic back pain and innovative ways to treat the pain. Not only are our patients getting pain reduction, but our low back pain treatment protocolsincrease overall mobility allowing patients to get back to their full function. If a patient has been treated for back pain with little to no result, a back pain consultation with our specialists will allow the patient to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Spinal stenosis causes back pain in the aging population. As we age, the spinal canal can become constricted, due in part to arthritis and other conditions. If the spinal canal becomes too tight, back pain can be the result. This type of pain many times carries with it problems with pain shooting down the legs, weakness in the legs, and occasionally bladder control issues. Although nothing can be done to open up the spinal canal in most cases, treatment can be done to improve overall function and quality of life for the patient suffering from spinal stenosis.
Arthritis most commonly affects joints such as the knees and fingers. However, arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the small joints of the spine. Arthritis of the spine can cause back pain with movement. Arthritis pain in the back can be treated successfully in most patients.