Shoulders have the most range of motion of any part of your body. We use our shoulders more often than we realize. But if you’ve ever experienced shoulder pain or injury, you know how hard it can be to complete daily tasks.
The following shoulder injuries can severely limit your lifting and moving abilities for days or weeks at a time. Pay attention to your shoulder health and also read up on ways to prevent and treat these injuries through daily routine and chiropractic treatments.
Strains and Sprains – Strains are pulled muscles, which often occur during strenuous sports or other activities that require our full range of motion. Sprains are caused by torn ligaments, which connect bones together. Strains and sprains are relatively minor injuries, but they should still be treated with care and caution to prevent future or further injuries.
Torn Rotator Cuff – The rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Overstretching or directly injuring these tendons can lead to a torn rotator cuff, and can put you out of commission for a while. This is one of the most common shoulder injuries, and typically affects adults between the ages of 40-70. One sign of rotator cuff injuries is the inability to reach overhead or lift your arm. This is the range of motion that the rotator cuff provides, and it is extremely important to the overall function of the shoulders.
Instability – Have you ever seen an athlete with a dislocated shoulder? It’s not pretty. If shoulder joints are moved or bumped out of their normal (and desired) positions, instability can occur in the shoulders. The awkward positioning of these joints can cause pain, dislocation, and an overall uncomfortable feeling around the shoulder areas. Instability also exposes and puts pressure on other areas of the shoulder where the shoulder joints have moved.
Brachial Plexus Neuropathy (Injuries to the Nerves) – Brachial Plexus Neuropathy (BPN) is not as common as other shoulder injuries, but can still be a result of a stretching-related injuries or other types of direct injuries. BPN affects the nerves where the spinal cord meets the arm. It can cause extreme pain around the upper arms, but is typically followed by numbness or a lack of sensation.
Acromioclavicular Separation – It’s important to pay attention to activity that would put strain on your ligaments or cause your muscles to rub excessively against the end of your shoulder blade (acromion). If these areas of your shoulder are overworked or worn, a simple fall or blow to the shoulder can lead to major pain.
Acromioclavicular separation, or separation of the shoulder, is a common injury that occurs when torn ligaments separate your shoulder from the collarbone. Injuries range from a partial to a complete separation. Even though this sounds scary, many people will recover fully from this type of injury, with or without surgery.
Preventing and Treating Shoulder Injuries with iChiropractic
iChiropractic provides many different services to treat all stages of shoulder health, pain, or injury. Our corrective exercises will allow you to prevent shoulder injuries with a few movements you can incorporate into your daily routine. Exercise treatments are crucial to preventing future injuries and pain as well.
One of the best ways to prevent shoulder injuries is to properly stretch and exercise before and after engaging in strenuous activity. Failing to rest different parts of your shoulder will make it more susceptible to major injuries.
While chiropractors mainly work on the spine and the back, the surrounding areas (including your neck and shoulders) can also be affected by chiropractic adjustments and treatments.
We also offer massage therapy to relieve the tension around your shoulders. We tend to hold a lot of tension in that area, which can contribute to greater shoulder pains. Massage therapy also helps patients improve their range of motion.
If you are suffering from a torn rotator cuff or an AC separation, you may be considering surgery. While this is a common option for more severe rotator cuff injuries, there are nonsurgical options to treating these common injuries as well.
After, or in lieu of, surgery, most patients with shoulder injuries will attend some form of physical therapy. Physical therapists help to gently revive the shoulder’s range of motion and get patients back to using their arms and shoulders in the same ways they did before their injury. Physical therapy is also a common treatment used to help people suffering from BPN.
No matter the severity or cause of your shoulder injury, consider chiropractic treatments to get you back to the sports and activities you love.
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and relieve your shoulder pain now.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.