Pain in the shoulder area can be a minor annoyance, the result of an injury, or a sign of a serious problem. For some, it’s a mild twinge that comes and goes. For others, it’s a persistent, sharp to severe pain. It may be concentrated in one area or be what’s known as “referred” pain, originating in your neck or back or internally.
Most often, patients see a chiropractor to treat shoulder pain after a fall or contact sports injury, or even a delayed reaction from a car accident. Sometimes it’s to treat symptoms of soreness or mild pain created by chronic bad posture from hunching over a computer screen all day. In other cases, the pain may be the result of a pinched nerve in the neck or back requiring a spinal adjustment, or a degenerative disease like arthritis. Strong pain that travels from the shoulders down either arm may indicate a serious problem that we can help.
First and foremost, we assess your individual symptoms, giving you a full physical examination to pinpoint the cause of your shoulder pain. We’ll discuss your overall health and medical history along with diet, exercise and lifestyle habits. We’ll check out your shoulder and spine alignment and scan for any anomalies, using state of the art equipment. Our new hand-held diagnostic and treatment tool, the Sigma Instrument, is linked directly to our computer for immediate data evaluation.
If you arrive with an new shoulder injury, we’ll analyze your range of motion, orthopedic testing, and take your x-rays to rule out degenerative changes. Then, we’ll begin a personalized treatment plan that may include kinesiology taping technique, massage and customized physical therapy to promote healing.