Shoulder Pain Treatment your Chiropractor in Omaha - Diamond Chiropractic
The shoulder is one of the most mobile, and most used, joints in the human body. This joint is quite shallow, held together by ligaments; it’s the muscles surrounding the shoulders that makes them strong and stable. It allows us to reach over our heads, behind our backs, across the front of our bodies, and much more. All this movement, though, can lead to shoulder injuries, injuries that occur very easily.
Our team at Diamond Chiropractic is exceptional when it comes to shoulder pain. Regardless if you have had this condition for a while and it’s getting worse (known as chronic pain), or it just appeared today (known as acute pain), our chiropractor in Omaha has the answer and treatment for you.
Common Shoulder Injuries
Because the shoulder is extremely mobile, and one of the most used joints, when there is mild pain in this area, it can be annoying and difficult to move. Shoulder pain results from swelling and inflammation of the muscles, tendons, or the joint itself, and there are many causes that lead to this. However, severe pain, or pain that lasts longer than a few days, can be triggered due to a more serious condition.
Injury to the shoulder varies. Each person has experienced some form of injury, and pain, of the shoulder, likely from a fall or sports. Such instances involve:
Sleeping on an outstretched arm, or on the same side every night.
Falling onto an outstretched arm.
Playing sports, such as throwing a ball or golf.
Experiencing multiple injuries.
Repetitive or overuse of the arm.
Injury from lifting, whether from recreational or daily activity.
Although these instances seem typical, the pain experienced may not be. When such instances occur, the pain can escalate if left unchecked. Pain, and other symptoms, are signs there is something wrong in the body, with the shoulder. The most well-known types of shoulder pain/injuries include:
Dislocated shoulder. A dislocated shoulder injury occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder blade socket. Expect intense pain, swelling/ bruising, and inability to move the shoulder in these cases.
Strains and sprains. Shoulder strains involve any injuries to the muscle or tendons surrounding the joint. Sprains involve the ligaments in the joint, and they can occur in either the top or lower half of the joint.
Tendinitis. Swelling of the tendons, located in the shoulder, can develop from playing sports that require repeated over-the-head arm movement.
Shoulder bursitis. An inflamed bursa (a closed, fluid-filled sac that helps reduce friction between tissues in the body) in the shoulder can occur due to swelling and redness.
Rotator cuff injury. This type of injury causes a dull ache in the shoulder, which worsens by sleeping on the affected side.
Frozen shoulder. Best known for stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder occurs when connective tissue thickens and tightens around the joint.
Regardless of pain severity, it is always encouraged that patients seek medical attention. Additionally, any of these conditions can lead to further complications and pain.
What is Shoulder Bursitis?
First, we’ll define bursitis. Bursitis is when the bursae – small, fluid-filled sacs that are located near the joints – become inflamed. These sacs act as cushions in the joints to prevent muscles, bones, and tendons from rubbing against each other. When the bursae become irritated, the area will become inflamed and enlarge, bringing more attention, namely pain, to that area.
So, when a patient experiences bursitis in the shoulder, they will notice loss of movement in that shoulder, along with pain and inflammation. Loss of movement is the result of there being less space for the muscles and tendons to move around. The pain can worsen as well, especially when lying on the affected shoulder, or if the shoulder is kept still for a long time. The most common, and affected, area for shoulder bursitis is the tip of the shoulder, which allows smooth movement when the arm is raised above the head.
Shoulder bursitis can result from an injury, overuse of the joint, or chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Key symptoms to watch for include:
Pain around the outside or tip of the shoulder.
Pain when the shoulder is touched.
Reduced range of motion.
Swelling and redness around the joint.
Pain when the arm is raised.
If a patient is experiencing symptoms listed above, along with a fever, the bursa may be infected and need medical attention.
Pain from a Rotator Cuff Injury…
The rotator cuff is the most important group of muscles in the shoulder. This group of muscles provides support and stability for the shoulder to function; thanks to them, the shoulder joint can move and turn through a wider range than any other joint.
Rotator cuff tears, though, are quite common, making routine activities difficult and painful to do. Also known as rotator cuff syndrome, these tears lead to inflammation and swelling in the muscles and tendons, which can result in muscle imbalance and irritation. Pain can worsen at night, in the front and side of the shoulder, especially if the patient sleeps on the affected area. This can become frustrating, especially when trying to perform daily responsibilities. A rotator cuff injury can lead to other, future complications as well.
As to who is the most susceptible to rotator cuff tears, the answer is: everyone. Athletes put more strain on their bodies, on their muscles, and can experience significant pain while being active, due to overusing their arms. Over time, however, the tendons and muscles in the shoulder wear down, leading to micro-tears. This is due to loss of muscle elasticity as a person matures; as they mature, their body’s healing process slows down as well. Because of this, the rotator cuffs become more susceptible to injury and damage as a person grows older.
…Leading to Frozen Shoulder
Injuries to the shoulder lead to pain and inflammation, as mentioned earlier. Patients may notice they are able to move their arm and shoulder, and the pain beginning to subside. However, when the pain becomes too much, and patients note a lack of mobility in their shoulder, this is when questions, and an incorrect diagnosis, appear. This is the case with frozen shoulder.
A frozen shoulder occurs when adhesions develop in the shoulder, between the tendons and ligaments, and cause the muscles to stick together. When the muscles become stuck, the range of motion in the shoulder becomes severely limited. Frozen shoulder can be triggered by calcium deposits in the tendons or osteoarthritis in the joint; both can develop over time. Because it is not as common as we want to believe, cases similar those for frozen shoulder may be misdiagnosed.
Many frozen shoulder cases, and shoulder pain in general, can be related to subluxations in upper back and/or lower neck. If a patient is experiencing irritation in these areas, along with frozen shoulder, a visit to the chiropractor can help relieve that pain and irritation.
Shoulder Pain Treatment at Diamond Chiropractic
At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, in relation to the spine. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible re-occurrences.
Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. Symptoms resulting from the pain, from other nerves in the affected area, may begin to decrease as well.
Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile. This type of treatment is effective with alleviating pain from shoulder pain.
Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with shoulder pain, and with its symptoms. Patients will notice, after several treatments, the pain in their neck, back, and shoulder(s) begin to decrease. In addition, they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.
With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to handling shoulder pain. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. We focus on healing and relief from shoulder pain, not aggravating it further.
Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Shoulder Pain
To get started with chiropractic care for your shoulder pain, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today. When it comes to shoulder pain, get relief NOW & FAST.