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Shoulder Pain

By assessing the shoulder and spine relationship, a Chiropractor can determine the cause and treatment needed to alleviate shoulder pain. Shoulder pain is extremely common in Australia, and there are many types and causes of shoulder pain.

In most cases, shoulder pain can be niggling and cause limited function and extreme pain. Chiropractic manual adjustments, activator method, soft tissue therapy, and posture advice will help manage your shoulder pain.

Shoulder pain can be complex in nature and can be caused by various factors. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Neck and upper spine dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligamentous damage & Bursitis
  • Spinal nerve injuries
  • Traumatic injuries & sprains (i.e. Sports injuries, whiplash, work-related injuries)
  • Referred pain from the autonomic nervous system (heart, lung and abdomen)

Symptoms of shoulder pain can range in presentation, duration and severity. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain in moving shoulder or arm
  • The reduced motion of the shoulder or arm
  • Pain from the front, back and deep within the shoulder joint
  • Pins and needles, tingling and numbness in the shoulder or down the arm to fingers
  • Loss of movement or “Frozen” Shoulder
  • Weakness in grip on shoulder/arm
  • Feeling unstable in the shoulder or should joint slipping out and back (dislocated)

When presenting to ELIA Chiropractic with shoulder pain, the initial consultation begins with a thorough history and examination. Specific testing and assessment will help with diagnosing where your shoulder pain originates from. This may include X-rays at a base level, and sometimes MRI or CT scans if required.

The initial aim when treating shoulder injuries is to alleviate pain and inflammation. Ice and rest may be necessary for acute presentations. The next step is to restore the function and movement of the shoulder. Chiropractic care for the neck and shoulders may involve specific neck adjustments as well as adjustments to the glenohumeral/AC joints and ligaments that may be needed to keep the shoulder integrity strong.

Our Chiropractors are trained to advise on postural exercises and rehabilitation exercises and address the lifestyle issues or recurring habits and patterns that contribute to the problem.