Shoulder pain is a common complaint, especially in people who are active. Athletes are a great example. Playing sports can put a lot of strain on your shoulders. Over time that can lead to shoulder pain, stiffness, or a more serious injury.
But you don’t need to be an athlete to have shoulder pain. Things like poor posture, working physical labor, or performing repetitive tasks on a computer can cause shoulder pain as well.
Whatever the cause, a combination of Chiropractic and therapies like Active Release can help. If you suffer from shoulder pain, give us a call. Dr. McGahey has been helping people just like you get out of pain since 1998. Chances are he can help you too!
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
Repetitive overuse is the most common cause of shoulder pain. Think of activities like golf, tennis or baseball. All of these activities involve swinging the arms and shoulders. These explosive movements put a great deal of strain on the shoulders. And over time that strain can lead to pain, stiffness, or even a more serious injury like a tear.
People whose work involves repetitive arm movements are at risk of shoulder pain. Sitting at a computer all day can put a tremendous amount of strain on your shoulders. Ask anyone who pushes a mouse around all day. If you have poor posture, that’s more strain still, which can also lead to neck pain.
Shoulder Pain in Athletes
Any sport or activity that involves forceful movements of the arms is at risk for shoulder pain. Explosive movements like throwing, swinging, and lifting put strain on the rotator cuff. A group of 4 muscles that move and stabilize the shoulder joint. That strain can cause tiny little tears in the muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff.
Eventually, scar tissue can form in the muscles. This can cause pain, stiffness, weakness and a loss of athletic performance. Without proper treatment, more serious injury can occur. That includes tears of the muscles, tendons or capsule around the shoulder joint.
Shoulder Pain in Non-Athletes
You don’t have to play sports to have shoulder pain. Poor posture, computer use, work, and leisure activities can all cause the same type of injury. These activities all result in strain on the shoulder and rotator cuff. And that strain, over a period of time, can lead to overuse injury.
The result can be the same as with athletic shoulder injuries. Repeated strain can cause inflammation, pain and stiffness around the shoulder. And scar tissue can cause stiffness and pain around the shoulder joint. If that overuse injury becomes chronic, it can lead to more serious shoulder conditions.
Symptoms of Shoulder Strain Injury
Shoulder strain often results in pain around the shoulder. Pain may spread into the upper arm, sometimes as far down as the elbow. You may also experience stiffness in your shoulder joint. Arm movement may be painful. Especially with movements like lifting or throwing, or even just putting on a shirt or coat.
Symptoms are often mild in the beginning. But can increase in severity with continued shoulder strain. You may also have pain in your shoulder blade, the bone that the rotator cuff muscles attach to. Lying on the affected side may be painful enough to interfere with sleep. It can also make your shoulder ache. Headaches are sometimes associated with shoulder strain, but often disappear after treatment is initiated.
Effective Treatment for Shoulder Pain
Whether you’re an athlete or spend your days sitting at a computer, a combination of Chiropractic, Active Release, Graston therapy can provide fast and effective relief of shoulder pain. Treatment involves 3 simple objectives:
Graston therapy can help break up scar tissue around the shoulder joint. Active Release can help return normal function to the muscles in the shoulder, neck and upper back. And Chiropractic can help restore normal motion to the joints in the spine around the shoulder. People often start to feel relief in just a few visits.
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If left untreated, your shoulder pain may develop into a more serious condition. Dr. McGahey can help you get to the source of the problem and eliminate your shoulder pain as quickly as possible.
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