As chiropractors, we regularly see people with shoulder problems which often present as pain, weakness, or stiffness in the area.

The shoulder is made up of 3 bones:

  • the scapula (shoulder blade)
  • the clavicle (collarbone)
  • the humerus (upper arm bone).

The main joint in the shoulder is the glenohumeral joint. This is a ball and socket joint which helps the shoulder to be extremely mobile, allowing a wide range of movement in all directions.

Diagram to show bones of shoulder
Image showing man with bad shoulder

What can cause shoulder pain?

Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator cuff related shoulder pain
  • Inflammation of the tendons
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa – a fluid filled sac that helps the joint move smoothly)
  • Arthritis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Instability/dislocation

How can chiropractic help with my shoulder pain?

Firstly, your chiropractor will use a range of tests to determine what is causing your problem and then decide on an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment may include mobilisation of the joints, massage, home exercises and advice for managing your pain.

Chiropractic treatment for shoulder pain

What can I do to help my shoulder pain?

What will help depends on what is causing the pain, and your chiropractor will advise you accordingly. In general, the key thing is to keep the shoulder moving with gentle stretches and exercises. In addition, you can try hot or cold therapy by using either a hot water bottle or cold pack over the area. Make sure to wrap either of these in a towel to avoid damage to the skin.

Is there anything I shouldn’t do?

It helps to keep the shoulder moving, but avoid doing movements that aggravate the problem or produce any sharp pain.

Suffering with shoulder pain?

Why not get in touch to see how Kelly Chiropractic can help.

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