Your shoulders have a big responsibility in your everyday life from helping you lift things, move your arms, and even dress yourself. But sometimes certain issues can cause such pain in one or both of your shoulders that it can impair the range of motion in your arms and hamper your everyday life. Your chiropractor at True Life Chiropractic, serving the Anchorage, AK area, though can offer you treatment to ease and even alleviate your shoulder pain.
How the Shoulder Works
To understand how shoulder pain occurs, it might be helpful to first understand how the shoulder is constructed and works. Your shoulder is made up of three bones which are the humerus, which is the long bone in your arm; the collarbone; and your shoulder blade. These three bones meet to create two joints — one joint creates the top of your shoulder from where your arm hangs and the other joint enables your arm to swing back and forth. This is known as a ball-and-socket joint. Both joints are cushioned by cartilage and create the most mobile joint in the body. Think of all of the motions you make with your arms; it is because of four tendons, known as the rotator cuff, inside your shoulder that you can do those motions.
Why Do I Have Shoulder Pain?
Developing shoulder pain may depend on what you do or conditions you may already have. Trauma to the area, constant manual labor, playing sports and even constant repetitive movements can cause shoulder pain. Other times, conditions you may already have like issues with your spine, neck, liver, heart or gallbladder can actually create pain that travels to the shoulder. Typically without trauma, shoulder pain can occur naturally after the age of 60 as your bones get softer and tissues around those bones wear down.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
The most common causes of shoulder pain occur from issues with your rotator cuff, like rotator cuff tendinitis, a tear or even an impingement when nerves get squeezed inside the joints. Sometimes shoulder pain can be something called referred pain, which is when a connected body part hurts because of an injury elsewhere. For example, your arm is attached to your shoulder, so if you hurt your bicep, your shoulder may hurt because it’s connected. Arthritis is another common cause of shoulder pain, followed by bone spurs, a dislocated shoulder or even something called a frozen shoulder where your tendons and muscles tighten so much they are impossible to move
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractic treatment is the best ways to holistically address shoulder pain, so no medicines or surgeries. At our Anchorage True Life Chiropractic, we start with a full examination and assessment of your pain. We often use x-rays to check the joints to make sure there are no breaks or dislocations. Mostly, our treatment consists of a variety of shoulder adjustments to help realign the shoulder. Your chiropractor will also adjust your neck and upper back to also help your shoulder pain, says Livestrong. Depending on the cause of the shoulder pain, our chiropractor may have you correct your home and work ergonomics, your posture, and even how you stand by teaching you a variety of exercises. All of these exercises will help alleviate your pain, Livestrong says. So if you are in or visiting the Anchorage area, and experiencing shoulder pain, visit us at True Life Chiropractic today. Feel free to stop in to make an appointment, call us at 907-646-2225, or make an appointment on our website at http://www.chiropracticak.com/ today!