Shoulder pain is common for many people. Often, it happens when you sleep in an unusual position, and it resolves with a little movement and maybe some ibuprofen. However, there are times when shoulder pain is intense and ongoing, and the ibuprofen doesn’t cut it. So, do you go to an M.D. or your chiropractor?
Shoulder pain can be caused by different things. The joint is made up of bone, tendons and ligaments, all working together to move your shoulder and arm. In addition, repetitive motion can cause wear and tear in the rotator cuff, tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis can all affect shoulder pain, and problems with the neck or the ribs can also cause shoulder pain. Frozen shoulder is another cause of ongoing pain in the shoulder.
Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve many types of shoulder pain. Your chiropractor will begin with an exam to determine the cause of the pain. An adjustment to the vertebrae and the spine is the next step in a chiropractic visit. However, a chiropractor can also adjust joints like the knee or the elbow. They can adjust the shoulder and the hips, knees and ankles also. They can even adjust the extremities like hands, fingers, feet and toes.
These focused adjustments will increase mobility and flexibility, reduce or eliminate pain and prevent or reduce arthritis in the joint. As the initial pain reduces, your chiropractor will add spinal adjustments to help your body achieve healthy alignment and function.
When choosing a chiropractor to eliminate shoulder pain, you should research the qualities and experience of the chiropractor. Consider their education and their experience. Read patient reviews and testimonials to get insight into the doctor’s reliability and success. Find out if patients return and why. Look into the costs and check your health insurance to see if treatments may be covered. Finally, location can be important, especially if the pain is increased and mobility is reduced.
Call Lakes Chiropractic to find care for your shoulder pain holistically. We serve your entire family in the Brainerd Lakes area.