Shoulder Pain – Mt Eliza, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Somerville, Baxter
Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are very common, and are mostly caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it is therefore less stable and more prone to injuries than other joints of the body.
However, since the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm originate from the neck and upper spine, conditions involving the neck can also commonly contribute to pain in the shoulder.
Chiropractors can assist with the following shoulder conditions:
- Chronic Shoulder Pain and Stiffness
- Shoulder Muscle Spasm and Tension
- Rotator Cuff Disorders such as tears and strains
- Frozen Shoulder
- Arthritis of the Shoulder
Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain
In order to determine the cause of your pain, your Chiropractor will conduct a full physical, orthopaedic and neurological examination of the shoulder and spine.
You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests. Where the pain is felt, both at rest and during movement of the shoulder, provides important clues as to the cause of the shoulder pain.
It may also be necessary to undergo specialised diagnostic tests such as X-Ray, Ultrasound and/or MRI scans.
Treatment for Shoulder Pain
The initial objective of all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation. This is achieved by improving function to the shoulder and cervical spine. In fact studies have demonstrated that shoulder injuries improve more quickly when the function of the neck is addressed also. As your shoulder and spine begin to heal, it is vitally important to restore range of movement, and later to improve muscle strength so as to stabilise the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.
Your Chiropractor will be able to assist you with suitable rehabilitative exercises throughout your recovery and may also recommend myotherapy or remedial massage techniques to assist in your treatment.
Please contact us for your comprehensive shoulder (and spine) assessment. We look forward to hearing from you!