Shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. Surrounded by nerves, bursa, tendons, and other tissues that can experience or cause irritation, it’s not surprising that shoulder pain affects millions of people in India each year. Depending on the cause and specifics of your own shoulder condition, there’s a good chance chiropractic care can help.
Shoulder pain diagnostics
Diagnosing the cause of shoulder pain can be a vital step toward gaining relief and healing. A diagnostic exam from one of our chiropractors may involve orthopedic tests to check your muscle-related sensations and the range of motion in your shoulders and neck. In some cases, your primary care physician or our chiropractor recommends imaging tests, such as a CT scan or MRI, before various treatments take place.
Common Shoulder Conditions Chiropractors Treat
Since the shoulder is used so frequently, injuries are quite common. Shoulder injuries can happen in sports, from working at a desk job, bad posture, car accidents or simply injuries doing everyday tasks. Here at our Laurel chiropractic office we see a number of shoulder conditions, including the following:
• Subluxations of the AC joint
• Frozen shoulder
• Tear in the Rotator Cuff
• Rotator Cuff Sprain
Chiropractic shoulder adjustments
If your shoulders moves out of alignment, leading to issues such as inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. When this happens, gentle chiropractic adjustments to your shoulder can be performed to restore normal alignment. In addition to manual shoulder adjustments, the treatment may involve the use of equipment, such as a drop table piece, speeder board, or reflex-type hammer tool. Having your upper back and neck adjusted may also help minimize shoulder pain.
Treatments for posture related issues
Poor posture from sitting for prolonged periods during work or downtime can lead to a condition known as postural syndrome. This common condition is happens when your shoulders roll forward and down, toward your chest, while your upper back slouches. Meanwhile, your head juts forward, centering over your chest. Chiropractic care can help improve the effects of postural syndrome and teach you ways to maintain proper posture: when your ears line up over your shoulders, which stay back, down, and relaxed.
The health benefits of chiropractic care include:
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced pain
- Improved flexibility
- Improved range of motion
- Increased muscle strength and tone
These benefits are important not only for your short-term ease, but for preventing harm to your shoulders and surrounding body areas moving forward. Improvements in flexibility, motion, and muscle strength can lower your odds of falls, fractures, and sprains, for example. The education you’ll gain from the process can also serve as preventive medicine, allowing you to maintain better posture and other benefits for the long term.