Shoulder pain is common, especially for older people. It can be either gradually felt or come on suddenly (as in an injury). For people with chronic problems in this area of the body, chiropractic care is highly recommended.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
There are a lot of possible causes of shoulder pain, but they can be grouped roughly to two categories: injury, and an existing medical condition.
Injury is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain; for example, having a tear in the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a set of muscles encasing the shoulders to help us do certain activities like lifting. When there’s a tear or strain to a part of these muscles, the shoulder weakens and eventually pain occurs when treatment is not immediately given.
An inflammation can also cause shoulder pain and weakness. It’s just a symptom of deeper medical problems like bursitis. When there is inflammation in a joint, the body automatically tries to limit the damage by not providing full strength to the muscles, weakening and causing pain to the shoulders.
Symptoms and Treatment of Shoulder Pain
How should shoulder pain be treated? The immediate steps would be RICE, that is: rest, ice, compress, and elevate.
However, the deeper treatment depends upon the causes of shoulder pain, which will be determined by looking at its symptoms. When there is pain with movement, for example, it may be that there are structural problems which need immediate attention.
If pain is gradual, it may be due to a degenerative disorder or a referred pain. If there is fever, headaches, nausea, dizziness, sweating, and chest pain associated with shoulder pain, emergency care is warranted.
Medications like NSAIDs are usually prescribed to deal with shoulder pain. For chronic sufferers, though, chiropractic care may be more effective and practical. Chiropractors don’t use drugs—lessening the risks associated with it—focusing instead on techniques that are more holistic in nature.
A chiropractor’s primary treatment method, for example, is spinal adjustment, in which any misaligned joint responsible for the shoulder pain can be straightened out. If there’s weakness, the chiropractor will also prescribe stretching exercises that can be done at home to strengthen the muscles needed to compensate for the weak shoulders. Lifestyle changes may be recommended too, especially for those whose extra-curricular activities put undue pressure on this part of the body.
Chiropractic care is non-invasive and provides immediate pain relief, which is why people find that managing their chronic shoulder pain problems is easier with the help of a chiropractor.