What’s Causing Your Shoulder Pain?
If you suffer from shoulder pain, you’re not alone. There are quite a number of different conditions that can cause shoulder pain. It takes an experienced chiropractor to correctly diagnose what’s behind your nagging, intense, or recurring discomfort. Without that diagnosis, you might miss treating the underlying issue. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of shoulder pain and stiffness that we see at Tacoma Chiropractic Center in Tacoma, WA, and what you can do about them:
Five Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
These sacs of fluid help cushion the shoulder joint, letting the bones glide smoothly against one another. When one is irritated, the sac swells, pressing painfully on nerves and inhibiting shoulder motion.
This condition, also known as adhesive capsulitis, can gradually worsen over time. It happens when the connective tissues that wrap around a bone or tendon stiffen. This limits your range of motion and can be quite painful.
In this form of injury, the bone of the upper arm has popped free from its socket in the shoulder blade. A medical professional can pop it back into place. However, the muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and tendons may have lingering damage.
Rotator Cuff Injury
A sophisticated network of tendons and muscles keep your upper arm anchored in the shoulder socket. If one of these tears, it is both painful and strains the other muscles of the shoulder. This puts them at greater risk of damage.
Strains & Sprains
These resemble a less serious version of a rotator cuff injury. Instead of a completely torn muscle, it may have been over-stretched or partially torn after an impact. The injured tissues swell painfully and stiffen up to protect themselves.
Comprehensive Solutions for Shoulder Pain
Our chiropractor takes a holistic approach with an eye toward short-term pain relief and long term wellness. This may include multiple treatment options such as:
- gentle massages to improve circulation around the injury
- deeper tissue work to stretch stiffened muscles and increase range of motion
- spinal adjustments to realign your skeleton
- exercises to strengthen the supportive muscles around the shoulder
- counseling on natural pain-relieving remedies such as thermal therapy
- regular check-ups to monitor your healing and adjust the treatment plan as needed
Lasting Pain Relief in Tacoma, WA
Are nagging shoulder issues affecting your quality of life? You don't have to suffer through this. At Tacoma Chiropractic Center, our highly experienced staff is here to help you find pain relief and long-term healing. Give us a call at (253) 759-1500 or schedule an appointment through our online form.