The shoulder joint is made up of 3 separate bones. It is a ball and socket joint but otherwise the arm to move in all directions. In addition to the bones, the shoulder joint is made up of muscles, tendons that make up the rotator cuff.
There are many muscles, tendons and ligaments that allow movement of the shoulder in so many directions and therefore there are many causes of shoulder pain.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles and tendons and many ligaments. Symptoms of rotator cuff injuries include pain, weakness and limited range of motion of the arms. Often, patients can identify one particular movement that causes pain depending on which anatomic structure is affected.
Chiropractic care rotator cuff injuries involves isolating which
particular structure is involved. Once the preoperative diagnosis is
made alignment or adjustment of the joint can be performed to alleviate
the pains associated with rotator cuff injury. Often chiropractic care
combined with physical therapy in order to strengthen, stretch and
increased range of motion of the shoulder joint and rotator cuff.
Acupuncture is also beneficial in reducing symptoms of rotator cuff
Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs located throughout the body around bones, joints and tendons. They act as protective cushions and help reduce friction of the muscles and tendons while they are moving.
Shoulder bursitis is inflammation of the bursa around the rotator cuff. It is often caused by injury or overuse. Inflammation of the bursa can be severely painful. It causes limited range of motion of the shoulder and inability to perform normal arm range of motion.
Chiropractic care and physical therapy for shoulder bursitis includes joint manipulation, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture is also helpful in the treatment of shoulder bursitis.
Shoulder tendinitis is a condition which there is inflammation or injury to the tendons of the shoulder and rotator cuff. Most common causes of shoulder tendinitis or injuries and overuse injuries. Often the tendons are irritated they move over the bones of the shoulder. Symptoms of shoulder tendinitis include clicking or popping of the shoulder, pain with range of motion of the shoulder, pain with pressure to the structures around the shoulder, stiffness and decreased range of motion of the shoulder joint, weakness of the shoulder joint and motion of the arm, and inflammation of the shoulder.
Chiropractic care and physical therapy for shoulder tendinitis can alleviate symptoms by manipulation of the joint, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with shoulder tendinitis.
Shoulder instability occurs when the bones of the upper arm force out of the shoulder socket. Causes of shoulder instability can be an injury such as a sudden impact or an overuse injury such as repetitive motion. Shoulder instability can be result of a fall or a direct impact.
Symptoms are shoulder instability including dislocation of the shoulder as the arm OUT of the shoulder socket. This can be very painful. Shoulder dislocations can be recurring. They can be partial or complete. A separated shoulder occurs when the collar bone shoulder blade move around the upper arm bone.
Chiropractic care and physical therapy for shoulder instability can alleviate symptoms by manipulation of the joint, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with shoulder instability.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis of the shoulder. This type of arthritis is caused by wear and tear of the shoulder joint. It occurs due to range of motion of the shoulder over time and wearing away of the cartilage. It can also be related to an injury or repetitive use such as work or sports.
Symptoms of shoulder arthritis include pain of the shoulder joint, inflammation of the shoulder joint, decreased range of motion, stiffness of the joint, and eventually frozen shoulder.
Chiropractic care and physical therapy for shoulder arthritis can alleviate symptoms by manipulation of the joint, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, and range of motion exercises. Acupuncture also works to alleviate the pain associated with shoulder arthritis.
Shoulder fractures occur when there is a break in one of the three bones that make up the shoulder. They occur due to a force suddenly applied to the shoulder. They can occur from a major trauma such as an auto accident, sports injury or even just a fall from standing. They can be very painful and cause significant swelling and bruising.