Shoulder Pain

Greenwood Chiropractic Wellness Center -  - Chiropractor

Tom Toulios, DC

Chiropractor located in Mount Greenwood, Chicago, IL

Shoulder Pain Specialist
What does a chiropractor do? Chiropractors are skilled in treating issues that involve the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, including acute and chronic diseases and injuries that cause pain and dysfunction. Chiropractic care relies on hands-on techniques to identify the sources of symptoms so treatment can be tailored for each patient and targeted at the underlying cause for both immediate and long-term relief. Most chiropractic care focuses on realigning the spine to relieve nerve compression that can cause both local and widespread symptoms and interfere with normal activities of daily living. Chiropractors focus on helping patients achieve “whole body health” by addressing the underlying causes of pain and other symptoms rather than simply targeting the symptoms themselves. Techniques are designed to stimulate the body's natural healing responses, helping patients avoid more aggressive treatment options. What happens during a chiropractic adjustment? The body relies on normal nerve function and optimal circulation to sustain good health and to restore itself following a disease or injury. Often, nerve function and circulation are impeded by inflammation and nerve compression that occurs when the spine moves out of its normal alignment and presses on nerves and other tissues. Chiropractic adjustments help realign the spine, restoring nerve function and circulation so inflammation and pain are relieved. Improved circulation also helps ensure optimal organ and tissue function throughout the body. What is a postural correction? Posture – the way we sit and stand – can have a huge influence on health and wellness. Slumping or spending long hours hunched over a computer or mobile device places uneven strains on the spine and muscles that can result in pain, inflammation and nerve compression. Postural correction uses spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage and lifestyle guidance to help patients improve posture and “retrain” the spine so pain and other iss

Shoulder Pain Q & A

by Tom Toulios, DC

What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder joint is highly complex, comprising bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. Many types of shoulder pain occur when nerves in the neck or upper back become “pinched” or compressed where they exit the spine. Nerve compression can occur as a result of:

  • traumatic injury from a car accident, sports injury or slip-and-fall accident

  • repetitive strain or overuse injuries like heavy lifting

  • poor posture, including long hours, spent bent over a computer or mobile device

  • degenerative conditions like arthritis

Often, shoulder pain is accompanied by numbness or burning sensations in the neck, back or arms or stiffness in the neck. Untreated, nerve compression eventually can cause muscle weakness and loss of sensation and mobility in the hands and fingers.

How does a chiropractor treat shoulder pain?

Many types of shoulder pain can be alleviated with spinal adjustments that gently realign the spine in the neck and upper back. When the bones and joints in these areas are misaligned, the discs can slip out of their normal positions between the vertebrae and begin pressing on nerves. Spinal adjustments gently reposition these joints so nerve impingements are relieved. Adjustments may be combined with therapeutic massage and gentle stretching exercises to promote circulation and stimulate healing in the area while also promoting greater flexibility and pain-free range of motion. At Greenwood Chiropractic Wellness Center, shoulder pain treatment is customized based on each patient's symptoms, anatomy and underlying cause of pain.

How can I prevent shoulder pain from recurring?

One of the most important ways to prevent shoulder pain from recurring is to have regular chiropractic adjustments to keep the upper spine properly aligned so nerve impingements can be prevented. Routine adjustments also promote better circulation and help ensure any minor problems are addressed as early as possible. Other important steps include using good posture at work and at home and performing stretching exercises on a regular basis to keep muscles and other connective tissues limber. If shoulder pain does occur, it's important to have it evaluated as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming worse.

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Tom Toulios, DC
11001 South Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60655