Shoulder pain is a recurring problem in 25% of patients and ends up causing chronic pain in nearly half of all people who suffer a shoulder injury. At Casa Grande Chiropractic, Tim Hoyt, DC, helps you regain a strong, healthy shoulder by combining early treatment that promotes healing with rehabilitation that restores optimal strength and function. To learn how chiropractic techniques and physical therapy can relieve your pain and help prevent future shoulder problems, call the office in Casa Grande, Arizona, or request an appointment online today.
Rotator cuff injuries are at the top of the list when it comes to shoulder pain. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that support arm movement while holding the upper arm in the shoulder joint.
You may tear your rotator cuff during athletic activities or from the stress placed on the muscles and tendons during repetitive daily movements. You have a higher risk of developing shoulder pain if you engage in sports or work activities that require overhead motions.
Certain health conditions also cause shoulder pain. A few of the most common include:
No matter what causes your shoulder pain, don’t wait to get treatment. If you keep using an injured shoulder, the tissue damage gets worse, and you can develop chronic joint instability.
If you have shoulder pain, chances are you will also experience:
You may also have swelling and bruising if you have a shoulder dislocation or fracture.
To give damaged tissues time to heal, your treatment may begin by avoiding activities that stress your shoulder, supporting the joint with taping, or temporarily immobilizing the joint.
At the same time, Dr. Hoyt begins treatments that promote healing and reduce inflammation. For example, you may need heat and ice therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, or electrical stimulation.
Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to boost blood flow to the damaged tissues, which accelerates healing and reduces your pain. Electrical stimulation diminishes inflammation and helps relax tight muscles.
As your pain improves, Dr. Hoyt expands your chiropractic care and physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility in the tissues and restore the shoulder’s range of motion.
Your care plan might include exercises, massage, and myofascial release, for example. Additionally, spine adjustments may relieve pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that serve your shoulder.
You also learn stretching and strengthening exercises you can do at home to maintain shoulder strength and prevent future problems.
When you need relief from shoulder pain, call Casa Grande Chiropractic or book an appointment online today.