Symptoms: Extremities – Shoulder Pain

Most of us often don’t think twice about our shoulders until they are in pain. Once in pain we immediately realize we use our shoulders for many daily activities such as extending our arms, driving, carrying objects and many more activities. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body so it is more easily injured than many of the more stable joints. That’s why most people upon noticing shoulder pain immediately begin looking for chiropractic care in Jacksonville for relief of their shoulder pain.

If you are suffering from a shoulder problem and wait too long to get it corrected it may lead to permanent range of motion loss and lifelong issues. Since the shoulder is so important for so many movements and daily activities it is important to identify what is causing the shoulder issue. This article will help you get an understanding of what could be causing your shoulder pain as well as what Thrive Health Center can do to help you get well again.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

If you search the causes of shoulder pain the list seems to never end, but let’s go over some of the causes for shoulder pan that are the most common:

  • Foreword Head Posture
  • Spinal Misalignments
  • Neck and upper back tightness
  • Sports or automobile injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff tear

What most people do not recognize is that shoulder problems most commonly stem from the spine and often are directly related to spinal misalignments and foreword head posture. Every inch of forward head posture that you develop adds an extra ten pounds of weight force coming down on the base of your neck. As a result, the upper back and shoulder muscles must work overtime and eventually become tired. As this happens the shoulders begin to round foreword creating shoulder instability leading to shoulder injury and decreased range of motion. The extra force also compresses the vertebra and discs at the base of the neck irritating the nerves that go straight to your shoulders causing pain. Even slight foreword head posture and spinal misalignments can cause shoulder issues and pain over time if left untreated.

Common Symptoms

Shoulder pain can develop two primary ways, gradually over a period of time or rapidly from some sort of injury. When the pain develops slowly symptoms are often minor at first and don’t seem to be a big issue. However, if left unchecked these minor problems can become a major issue. That’s why it’s important to seek out evaluation of you shoulder if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty raising your arm
  • Pain while carrying objects
  • Shoulder pain lasting more than one week
  • Shoulder pain that goes and goes frequently
  • Shoulder pain that is worse in the evening
  • Popping, clicking or grinding sounds during shoulder movement.
  • Any swelling or bruising

How we can help

Chiropractic care for shoulder injuries is effective, gentle and non-invasive. Chiropractic is a great alternative to surgery and typically produces fast results. A study by the Journal of Manipulative Physical Therapy even showed that manipulations of the spine (adjustments) to the upper back alone were more beneficial than shoulder surgery for rotator cuff tears. At Thrive Health Center our doctors are expertly trained in finding out what the root cause is of your shoulder pain and efficiently treating it to get you back on the right path. We will begin with a thorough consultation and examination to pinpoint the location and issue and then we will make a custom-tailored plan designed specifically for you to maximize results and speed up recovery time. Whether your problem is stemming from your spine or the shoulder itself we have a wide variety of options and treatments available to get you well.

Call our team at Thrive Health Center today to get help.

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