You may be more prone to acute or chronic shoulder pain if you engage in heavy lifting, lead an active lifestyle, or play contact sports. There are other reasons pain strikes as well. Our Sandy Springs, GA, chiropractor can pinpoint these causes. Our team of professionals at Lefranc Chiropractic LLC can then provide drug-free pain treatment to quickly improve your should pain symptoms.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is a complex joint of bones and strong connective tissues. It allows you to bear weight and facilitate a variety of arm motions including a 360-degree rotation. The problem with this extensive flexibility is that it increases the risk of pain and injury.
A number of things can go wrong with the collarbone, shoulder blades, arm bones, rotator cuffs, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Pain is commonly linked to a fall, accident, sports, or overuse injury, or mechanical issues such as poor posture. Here are some examples:
- Muscle strains
- Rotator cuff tear
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Rotator cuff tendinitis
- Bone fracture or dislocation
- Impingement syndrome
- Spinal injury or misalignment
Non-mechanical causes include arthritis, irritation of the neck nerve, bone tumors, or infection. Sometimes the pain isn't local, but radiates from the neck or upper back.
Shoulder pain varies in intensity from person to person. It may be debilitating or improve or worsen with position changes in some cases. You may feel tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness if the pain is associated with a pinched nerve in the neck or upper back. Other possible symptoms include swelling, stiffness, muscle spasms, trouble bearing weight, and reduced range of motion.
Shoulder Pain Treatment from Our Chiropractor
Dr. Andrew Lefranc, D.C., will assess your symptoms and range of motion. He will look for signs of joint deformity and run various tests to get to the root cause of the problem. His findings will help guide us as we personalize your pain treatment plan.
Chiropractic adjustment is our main pain-relief tool. Adjustments are used to realign the bones and tissues of the shoulder. This reduces pain and inflammation and stabilizes the joint. Spinal adjustments may be performed if you're experiencing referred pain from the neck or back.
Adjusting the vertebrae helps to correct misalignment and relieves numbness and tingling associated with pressure on a nerve. Nerve interference often results from inflammation and disc herniation. Dr. Lefranc may also recommend therapeutic massages and exercises to relieve muscle pain and strengthen the connective tissue.
Lasting Relief Is in Sight!
Routine chiropractic care in Sandy Springs, GA, is a natural way to treat and prevent injury and pain. Our chiropractor encourages you to take advantage of this, especially if you're an athlete or your job requires repetitive shoulder use. Call us at (404) 990-4678 to schedule a consultation at Lefranc Chiropractic LLC.