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Shoulder Pain

What are Causes of Shoulder Pain? 

Occasionally there is an obvious injury to the shoulder joint. More often, shoulder injuries are a result of repetitive stress on the joint and the surrounding structures. Shoulder injuries may be a result of: 

  • Misalignment of the spine in the neck or upper back 

  • Arthritis 

  • Abnormal movement patterns 

  • Athletic injuries and automobile accidents  

Symptoms of Shoulder Injury 

Due to the wide range of causative factors, shoulder pain and abnormal motion in the joint may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Symptoms often begin subtly and are exacerbated by lifting, extending your arm, and more. Symptoms of a shoulder injury include: 

  • Shoulder pain 

  • Difficulty raising your arm above your head 

  • Pain when carrying objects 

  • Brusing or swelling of the shoulder 

  • Snapping or clicking sensations in the shoulder joint during movement  

Shoulder Pain Treatment 

When it comes to pain in the shoulder, our doctors will often begin their assessment with the spine. Many of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that attach to the shoulder joint originate at the spine. The scapula, or shoulder blade, connects the shoulder complex to the spine in the midback. Furthermore, the nerves that control the shoulder joint originate in the cervical spine. 

When the origin of these structures, the spine, is not aligned, compensation patterns will develop. These abnormal movement patterns wear down the shoulder joint, causing pain. Spinal misalignments can also cause interrupted communication between the nerves and the shoulder, which may contribute to pain and abnormal movement patterns. Shoulder pain may also be confused with referred pain from the spine or ribs. Our doctors are trained to treat your spine and your shoulder, ensuring you receive whole-body care that is personalized to you. If your case requires additional forms of treatment such as physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, or more, we are happy to make recommendations for your specific needs. Call our office today for a consultation and examination to determine the cause of your shoulder pain. 

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