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.
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.
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.