Many people believe chiropractic care is solely for treatment of the spine and spinal pain conditions. While chiropractors do treat many musculoskeletal conditions, there are also a variety of treatment options for extremities by chiropractic clinics in Denver. Shoulder pain is a common injury that many people experience for a variety of reasons, whether that be sports, work related injury, falls and accidents, or just gradual onset with no specific reason.
Where is my shoulder pain coming from?
The shoulder (or glenohumeral joint) is the most mobile joint in the entire body. There are also many different parts of the shoulder that can contribute to pain conditions or immobility. The rotator cuff is what most chiropractic patients believe the pain is coming from but it can be occurring from a variety of different sources including different muscles, tendons, joints, the bursa sac, ligaments, or bone. There are many different body parts contributing to the function of the shoulder and pain can arise from any of these areas.
Common conditions of the shoulder include:
- Rotator cuff tendinitis, tendinosis, tears, or strains
- Impingement syndrome
- Shoulder dislocation
- Labrum tears
- Bicipital (Biceps) tendonitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Referred pain from neck, mid back, or internal organs
- And many more
Will my pain resolve on it’s own?
There are many patients that come into our clinic with shoulder pain conditions that they have been dealing with for months or even years. Chronic conditions take much more work and time to resolve completely and further damage may be occurring without proper treatment. Acute pain conditions can be resolved easier and the patient can get back to living their life without reduced mobility and pain. After an acute injury, it is important to ice and rest the region to reduce inflammation and pain initially before an evaluation can be done to locate the origin of the problem.
What options do chiropractors for treatment?
Before offering any kind of treatment plan to the patient, our chiropractor will perform a complete history and exam of the patient’s complaint. During this initial exam, the chiropractor can locate the source of the pain and the best possible treatment option available, whether it be in this chiropractic office or a referral to another specialist or surgeon.
If the shoulder pain condition is able to be treated by our Denver chiropractic clinic, we offer a variety of different treatment options depending on what the source of the pain is. This may include soft tissue therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, electrical stimulation, assisted stretching techniques, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, activity modification, or postural work. Dr. Todd Williams, D.C. will commonly have the patient’s perform at-home care as well to assist the treatment in the office for optimal outcome and reduced chances at injuring the shoulder again.
Other options for treatment include medical intervention which may include painkiller prescription, injections, or surgical intervention.
Get your shoulder pain evaluated by calling (or texting) 720-242-6251 or schedule online!