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Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint provides us with a large range of motion.

Whilst this is great for movement, it has made the shoulder joint more susceptible to overuse injury.

Some Statistics on shoulder pain:

  • Shoulder pain is the 3rd most common musculoskeletal complaint.

  • It accounts for roughly 5% of GP visits and 5-11% of Chiropractic visits annually.

  • It accounts for 8-13% of athletic injuries. 

Shoulder Pain Risk Factors

  • Aging

  • Manual Labour (Painting, Plastering, Decorating)

  • Sport (Tennis, Cricket, Baseball, Squash, Swimming, Weightlifting)

  • Smoking (Impairs your tissues ability to heal)

  • Poor Posture

  • Hypermobility

Most common causes of shoulder pain:

  • Muscle strain/ tear

  • Impingement

  • Tendonitis

  • Bursitis

  • Ligament damage

  • Labrum Issues

  • Arthritis

  • Frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

  • Dislocation

How could chiropractic help you with your shoulder pain?

The first stage in any treatment programme for shoulder pain is a case history and neurological/orthopaedic examination. This will allow our chiropractors to form a diagnosis and explain what is causing your shoulder pain. It is usually caused by one of the above conditions.

Once the condition has been diagnosed, your chiropractor will form a bespoke treatment plan based on your personal needs and diagnosis.

The treatment plan will usually consist of a functional rehabilitation/strengthening programme, soft tissue work, mobilising the shoulder joint and kinesiology taping.

If we cannot diagnose the shoulder complaint through orthopaedic examination we will usually refer you for further imaging studies such as Diagnostic Ultrasound, X-Ray or in rare instances, MRI.

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