Patients come to see us for the treatment of shoulder pain. This can be the result of an injury, which could be sports related. Sometimes the patient is completely unaware of any obvious reason. The pain may even affect the opposite shoulder to the one most used, ie when they are right handed they may experience left shoulder pain.
The shoulder is prone to problems because there is very little bony support. Unlike the hip joint, where there is a bony socket to help locate the leg bone, stability is provided by the soft tissues of the muscles and ligaments around it. The main muscles responsible for movement of the joint are the rotator cuff muscles which can often be painful and inflamed.
In some instances, the tendons may become stretched and result in frequent dislocation of the joint whereupon surgical intervention may be required to shorten the tendons and restabilise the joint.
Chiropractic can be a valuable treatment option for shoulder pain. Often there is involvement of the neck because the spinal nerves around this area are responsible for instigating movement of the shoulder. Sometimes interference with the nerves from the neck may result in symptoms such as pain over the top of the arm and numbess and pins and needles in the hands. This is rather like sciatica of the neck.
The chiropractor will also look at the structures of the whole shoulder complex which includes the shoulder blade (scapula) as it moves over the ribs, the collar bone (clavicle) and the joints at either end which connect it to the breast bone (sternum) and the shoulder blade (scapula). This is important because true movement of the shoulder is dependent upon the whole of the shoulder complex working well and this in turn is related to posture.
If the problem is related to poor posture and/or the muscles are tight and painful or the patient has acquired the injury through sports, the chiropractor may refer you to Peter Gritt for remedial and sports massage or to Kat Burton for a pilates assessment. All the practitioners at Hiltingbury Chiropractic work together to provide a joined up approach to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients.
Give us a call if you would like to find out more about how we can help you with shoulder pain relief on 023 8027 3545.