Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Relief

Shoulder Pain Treatment your Chiropractor in Omaha

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.