Shoulder Pain Specialist

Tom  Toulios, DC -  - Chiropractor

Greenwood Chiropractic Wellness Center

Tom Toulios, DC

Chiropractor located in Mount Greenwood, Chicago, IL

Whether you spend countless hours slumped over a computer or lugging around a 20-pound backpack, poor posture places uneven stress and strain on your spine and muscles, that can cause inflammation, nerve compression, and chronic shoulder pain. Left uncorrected, posture-related problems can lead to serious complications. At Greenwood Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Mount Greenwood and areas of Chicago, Illinois, leading chiropractor Tom Toulios, DC offers non-invasive spinal adjustments, therapeutic massage, and lifestyle guidance to help patients improve posture and “retrain” the spine to prevent shoulder pain.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

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.