Shoulder pain is pretty common. In fact, about 7% of people have shoulder pain, and that rises to 26% in the elderly population. More than 7 million people visit their chiropractors each year for shoulder pain, so here’s what you need to know about shoulder pain!
Types of Injuries
There are several ways in which you can injure your shoulder. Bursitis or rotator cuff tendonitis is the most common diagnosis for shoulder pain. You can also have a tear in the rotator cuff. This is where the tendons and rotator cuff separate from the bone.
Frozen shoulders are also quite common. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this leads to stiffness in the joint. Chiropractic care, including stretching, is very important in treating this condition.
Calcific tendonitis is a condition where calcium deposits form within a tendon. This causes pain and needs to be addressed by a chiropractor to help relieve the symptoms.
Shoulder instability is a problem that causes your joint to be very loose. If you’ve had an injury to your shoulder previously, such as a dislocation, this can cause the joint to be unstable and susceptible to injury and pain.
Speaking of shoulder dislocation, this one is pretty hard to miss! When the head of the humerus (the bone in your upper arm) pulls away from your shoulder and pops out of socket then you’ve got yourself a dislocation, and you need medical attention right away!
Arthritis in the shoulder is less common than in the knee or the hip, but can be severe and very painful. You can also suffer from a condition called biceps tendon rupture where the tendon in your bicep ruptures near the shoulder joint. This is painful and also requires medical attention.
Popping or Clicking
If you have noticed popping and clicking in your shoulder joint, this can indicate a problem you should seek help for. In fact, it can signal changes in your joint caused by arthritis, joint instability, and rotator cuff instability or tendon impingement.
What a Chiropractor Can Do
Chiropractors don’t just treat the back! They look at your whole body and are experts on conditions that impact muscles and joints. They can do an examination of your shoulders and back to see if there are underlying problems that need to be addressed with your posture or other body mechanics. So, if you’re having issues with your shoulder, go see a chiropractor today!
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