Shoulder pain and injuries can happen to anyone, especially since the shoulder is the most mobile and flexible joint in the body. Get treatment for your specific shoulder issues from experienced chiropractor, Eve Bend, DC. Located in Eastpointe, Michigan, Dr. Bend has been in practice for over 15 years and has developed effective strategies to manage and relieve shoulder pain. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office.
Shoulder pain can range from a mild, aching sensation to severe, sharp pain and disability. Shoulder injuries are common, especially those associated with overhead sports like baseball, softball, tennis, racquetball, and volleyball. Shoulder pain can also be caused by poor posture or simply sleeping on your shoulder or with your arm overhead.
Common conditions that affect the shoulder include:
Shoulder pain may begin in the joint or the muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint. Since the shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, it has the most range of motion possible for any joints in the body — though that can predispose it to injury more easily than other joints.
Shoulder pain is diagnosed based on a consultation and thorough physical exam. The team begins by asking about your shoulder pain, where it’s located, and what makes it worse or better. They then press on your shoulder at different areas to check for tenderness, swelling, and pain.
During the exam, the team measures the range of motion of your shoulder and tests the strength and flexibility of the muscles in your neck, shoulder, and arm. They then place your shoulder in different positions to check the function of the joint and if there are any movements or positions that cause pain.
If necessary, the team orders an X-ray or MRI of your shoulder. After your exam and any imaging, they assess your condition and explain your diagnosis.
Shoulder pain is treated based on your diagnosis and symptoms. The first goal of treatment is to reduce your pain. This may also involve decreasing swelling in the area using ice or over-the-counter medications if desired.
Treatment may incorporate chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue work— including orthopedic massage for unexplained joint pain — and physical therapy. Rehab exercises and stretches can improve your range of motion and add stability to your shoulder joint.
In some cases, the team may recommend lifestyle modifications — like sleeping on your back or taking a break from weight training or overhead sports like softball or tennis or weight training. Your doctor will outline your treatment and provide a timeline for your recovery based on your diagnosis.
Get treatment for your shoulder pain today by scheduling a visit online or by phone with Eve Bend, DC.