Shoulder Pain

The chances are good that at some point in your life, you have experienced some form of shoulder pain. For some, this pain is temporary and goes away quickly. For others, it can be a lingering issue that you just cannot find relief from. In either case, your shoulder pain can be caused by a vast number of underlying issues, and it is always wise to seek qualified chiropractic care to diagnose and treat what could be a symptom of a larger and more serious issue.shoulder pain

The Shoulder: Our Most Mobile Joint

The shoulder, which is a ball and socket joint, is the most mobile joint in the human body. When working properly, it allows us to move the shoulder forward and backward, in a circular motion, and up and away. Made up of three main bones cushioned by cartilage and the four tendons of the rotator cuff, any injury or disease to the shoulder area will reduce your ability for movement and can cause a lot of pain. Some of the most common shoulder issues we see are explained below.

Frozen Shoulder

The symptoms of this shoulder issue include stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion. It will sometimes happen with injury or overuse; however some diseases and medical procedures can also cause the condition. The tissues around the joint will stiffen and scar tissue can appear. Typically, it is the result of not using the shoulder properly due to pain or discomfort. It usually will appear slowly and typically will improve slowly over time as well. Treatment usually involves stretching and physical therapy, and in some rare cases, surgery may be necessary. Read more about frozen shoulder.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tendonitis symptoms usually include an ache that runs from the outer arm to just below the top of the shoulder. A clicking sound may also be heard when raising the arm above the head. This condition stems from an inflammation of shoulder muscles with an inflammation of the bursa, our joint lubrication system. Causes often include repetitive overhead movements or injury.  This injury is the most common cause of shoulder pain and limitation regardless of age. Many recover from physical therapy and exercise. Surgery may be needed if there is a tear of the muscle or tendon.

Impingement Syndrome

If you are noticing difficulty reaching up behind the back, pain with overhead use of the arm, or weakness of shoulder muscles you may be experiencing impingement. When the tendons of your rotator cuff tendons become erratically compressed during shoulder movements, it is called impingement syndrome. This causes injury to the shoulder tendons and bursa resulting in painful shoulder movements. It is also commonly the result of repeated overhead arm movements. There are many more serious issues that can cause the impingement. It is important to have a professional chiropractor determine the root cause to best design a treatment program.


The bursae are small sacs that contain a fluid to reduce friction between bones and other bodily structures. Bursitis is the term to describe the inflammation of the bursa. When inflamed, the bursa produces more fluid which enlarges the sacs and increase pressure in the joints and increasing pain. Bursitis is typically caused by excessive friction, an injury, infection, or an underlying condition including rheumatoid arthritis. Treating bursitis can depend on several factors, but will usually include physiotherapy, in conjunction with a customized treatment plan.

Accelerate Chiropractic can help!

Whatever the cause of your shoulder pain, Accelerate Chiropractic can help diagnose the cause and treat the symptoms to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. Dr. Dave Yancey and Dr. Erika Yancey are passionate about providing treatment that gets you back on your feet quickly and comfortably. Learn about our experience and contact us today to schedule your personalized consultation.

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