Shoulder pain can be a common complaint for people who are active, especially in sports. It is noted that as many as 50% of the people have had shoulder pain. However, the elderly are more likely to have this problem, especially with the rotator cuff. Of 100 senior citizens, 25% will have shoulder pain-related problems. A third of those who suffer from this condition, experience it due to an injury, while more than 20% of cases are from work-related incidents.
What is shoulder pain and what are its symptoms?
According to the Virtual Medical Centre, “The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint formed by the head of the humerus (the arm bone) and the glenoid labrum (the name for the socket of the shoulder joint in the scapula). The shoulder joint is very mobile – allowing great freedom of movement for the arm (much more than the equivalent joint in the hip). This greater mobility means that the shoulder joint is less stable. The stability of the shoulder joint also relies a lot on the ‘rotator cuff muscles’ – four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, teres minor) inserting around the shoulder joint that help move it, as well as providing stability. ” It is within these muscles that people suffer pain. It is important to note though that just because someone is feeling pain in this region, it does not mean that the shoulder is the source.
What causes shoulder pain?
There there are a number of conditions that might contribute to shoulder pain; these include: osteomyelitis, rheumatoid arthritis, tumors spreading to shoulder bones, cervical spine (neck) dysfunction, rotator cuff tendonitis or tears, and heart attacks. Exercising rigorously without stretching first may also be a contributing factor, as well as poor posture and stress.
How shoulder pain is usually diagnosed and treated
Shoulder pain should be reported to a doctor if it is consistent through the day and night, because as indicated earlier, it can be associated with heart attacks and cancer. Doctors will perform an assessment, along with a number of tests to diagnose the exact problem. Early diagnosis is important to give a correct and possibly life-saving prognosis.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat shoulder pain?
Patients seek the help of Dr. Holly quite frequently when suffering from shoulder pain. She is trained and skilled in adjusting and treating the joints, leg, neck, head, shoulder and other extremities of the body. She works to decipher the cause of pain, whether it is joint irritation, tissue irritation or simply something else. If you are suffering from shoulder pain and would like help, call us today at 980-422-2000 to book an appointment with Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens, at Queen City Health Center! Mention this website as the source of your call to receive our special rate.
During your initial visit, Dr. Holly will perform a physical exam and conduct X-rays to determine the root cause of your suffering. If you decide to move forward with treatment, she will prescribe a comprehensive, holistic regimen to get you on track to better health, which will likely include dietary recommendations, routine exercise, regular spinal adjustments, supplementation, as well as observation and analysis throughout your care.
We also offer FREE 15-minute phone consultations for those who still have questions about how chiropractic care might be able to assist with pain relief. To request a brief conversation with the doc, simply fill out the form on this page with your details, and a member of our team will be in touch soon!