The most mobile joint in the body is the shoulder joint. Surrounded by tendons, nerves and other tissues leaves this joint open to irritation and pain. The rotator cuff is composed of four tendons. The supraspinatous, infraspinatous, subscapularis and teres minor, which all originate from the back. Pain in the shoulder can be caused by tendons, muscles or ligaments becoming stretched or torn.
When the shoulder joint shifts out of alignment it causes the muscles and ligaments to pull in ways it is not used to. This is what causes muscle spasms, inflammation and pain.
It is important to receive care as soon as possible to minimize the chance of it becoming a recurring or chronic problem. Signs to seek chiropractic treatment include:
- Persistent shoulder pain
- Inability to use arm, raise arm or carry objects
- Pain that occurs while resting
- Swelling or bruising around the joint
- Recurring should pain
During a consultation the chiropractor will determine the cause of the problem before treatment. A chiropractic adjustment allows for the shoulder to be moved forward or backwards, back into position. To further alleviate shoulder pain a neck and upper back adjustment may be recommended. After treatment a chiropractor will most likely recommend at home exercises to do in order to strengthen the shoulder. They may also recommend placing hot or cold packs on the injured area. The best thing to do to speed up recovery is to follow the health plan the chiropractor has recommended.