A common musculoskeletal complaint is painful shoulder conditions. Problems with the shoulder range from mild ache or sharp pain when performing certain activities or may be an excruciating, ongoing suffering with shoulder use or even at rest. This article, through chiropractic treatment, will discuss the different types of shoulder conditions and possible solutions.
The third leading musculoskeletal issue for which patients complain is shoulder conditions. At some point in their lives, two thirds of adults experience shoulder pain. Middle-aged (40-65 years) is the most common age to experience shoulder pain. Chronic pain in the shoulder (over three months of discomfort) is particularly prevalent.
A complex joint is the shoulder. It is one of only three joints in the human body, along with the thumb and hip, that moves in all directions. It has a number of related muscles and tendons. Three bones; the bone of the scapula / wing, the upper / humerous arm and the clavicle / collarbone make up the joint’s bony part. In the shoulder there is a bursa that prevents structures from rubbing against each other. There is a fibrous capsule surrounding and containing all the joint structures and producing a lubricating fluid that helps with joint movement. So, we can see that the joint’s anatomy involves many architectural items.
There are a number of conditions affecting the shoulder, such as rotator cuff syndrome that is a form of muscle and tendon problem, bursitis and tendinitis that are problems with inflammation, impingement syndrome that causes pain when structures rub against each other, and adhesive capsulitis that sometimes leads to frozen shoulder restraint. Another very important aspect of the shoulder is that it is associated with our neck, also known as the cervical spine. There are nerves that exit openings between the cervical spine bones that go to the shoulder and give messages to different muscles of the shoulder to help the joint move properly and freely.
I often see a patient who went to another doctor who looked at the patient for a shoulder problem. The patient is treated with medication or shoulder injection, but the pain goes on. My training as a chiropractor is not only to look at the shoulder but also to evaluate the association between the cervical spine and the joint of the shoulder.
If the cervical spine bones are misaligned or improperly moved, it may affect the nerves controlling the shoulder. So, besides treating anything wrong with the shoulder, I also correct with chiropractic treatment the coexisting problem with the neck. Chiropractors are spine care specialists who use chiropractic adjustments to help correct the cause of the problem. Most of the time, this type of treatment helps manage different shoulder conditions successfully.