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Shoulder Pain 

Shoulder pain is serious and should be assessed by a medical professional immediately. We treat many of the symptoms that cause pain and prevent mobility.

The shoulder joint is the body’s most mobile joint. It is surrounded by nerves, tendons, bursa, and other tissues, which can all experience irritation and cause pain. This complex structure means that shoulder pain can have many causes and may require your chiropractor to assess your overall health and condition to target the root of the problem.


Shoulder pain can occur for several reasons, including tendinitis or bursitis, injury, instability, or arthritis. Excessive use and various types of injuries can also have a major impact on shoulder pain, and symptoms of a shoulder injury can include shoulder pain, stiffness, numbness, muscle pain, stiffness, and exhaustion. Pain can also come from frozen shoulders or rotator cuff problems; if shoulder pain is severe, it should be assessed immediately by a doctor. 


Shoulder pain is often temporary but can become persistent and require medical diagnosis and treatment. This article explains the difference between shoulder pain with its causes and treatments.


The shoulder consists of three parts: the humerus, scapula, and clavicle.


The bone in the upper arm is your humerus, the collarbone is your clavicle, and the shoulder blade is your scapula. The shoulder has a ball joint consisting of two parts, the ball and the socket or joint base, also known as the shoulder blade. There are two primary connections: a layer of cartilage cushions the bone and connects the cartilage tissue.


The base or socket is called the glenoid. The humerus is attached to the scapula and covers the shoulder length, the glenoid, the base, and the muscle/tendon called the rotator cuff. Without a rotator cuff, the shoulder forgets its range of motion, and the tendon is the tissue that connects the muscles to the bone. 


The rotator cuff consists of four tendons, each responsible for a different part of the shoulder muscle movement. This combination of muscles and tendons keeps the arm bones centered in the shoulder socket. The shoulder joint is the most flexible joint and one of our body's strongest and most stable joints. The shoulder can move forward or backward, side to side, and up and down with the help of the muscles in the shoulder joint.


Common Causes

People often avoid shoulder movements to relieve the pain of arthritis, but this sometimes leads to painful movement restrictions that may result in pain in other parts of the body such as the neck, back, knees, and ankles. Arthrosis can be associated with chronic wear and tear of the joints and inflammation of muscles and joints. 


Other types of osteoarthritis are associated with inflammation, arthritis, and degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis and osteosarcoma, which can be linked to a variety of conditions, from heart disease to diabetes and cancer.


Bursitis is often associated with the rotator cuff, and many tissues in the shoulder can become inflamed and painful. Tumors, infections, and nerve problems - these problems include arthritis, nerve damage, joint pain, numbness and stiffness, and arthritis. It can be difficult to comb your hair, get dressed or even walk in cold weather, especially in winter.


Most tendonitis results from inflammation of the tendons, which connect muscles and bones.


Tendon tear - Wear and tear of the tendons due to physical activity can lead to chronic tendonitis. Excessive ball throwing or contact with the ball, such as at a baseball or basketball game, can lead to more acute pain than chronic pain and inflammation.


The most frequently affected tendons in the shoulder are the rotator cuff, the upper arm and biceps muscles, and the lumbar spine. Using various movements such as bending, stretching, and turning helps to ensure shoulder movements and stability. If the tendons or bones in the rotator cuff are damaged or swollen, it can be painful or difficult to lift the arms above the head or the arm above the head. 


Impingement can be the result of old age or a sports injury. In most cases, when a tendon is detached from its connection with the bone via a partial or complete tear, it is separated from its connection with the bone. Shoulder impact occurs when the top of the shoulder blade itself puts pressure on the underlying soft tissue when you lift your arms above your body. This can restrict movement and lead to bursitis or tendinitis and instability of the shoulder, which can occur when the head or upper arm is pushed out of the shoulder socket. 


Shoulder subluxation can be a condition in which the humerus only partially emerges from the socket, and this may be due to sudden injury or excessive use. A subluxation or partial dislocation can occur when the arm is lifted or removed from the body. Recurring dislocations can be partial or complete: A full dislocation means the ball has come all the way out of the socket. This can also occur through injury or injury to the shoulder joint, such as a broken bone or a fracture.


Arthritis can also cause shoulder pain but is more common in the elderly and people with a history of arthritis. Repeated episodes of subluxations and dislocations lead to an increased risk of developing arthritis in the joint.


The most common form of shoulder arthritis is osteoarthritis, also known as wear and tear arthritis. This form of arthritis develops slowly at first, and symptoms such as swelling, pain, and stiffness typically begin in middle age. The pain it causes gets worse over time, but it can also present as pain in other parts of the body.


In younger patients, shoulder fractures are often caused by injuries such as a bruised shoulder or broken bone. They often affect the upper back, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and neck and neck. Shoulder fractures in older patients are often the result of a fall.



Monitoring the shoulder area for strained movement, poor strength, and other maladies can inform you of early treatment opportunities. Treatment usually involves changing activities to improve the strength and mobility of the shoulder. Avoiding activities you normally participate in, such as certain exercises, can help prevent shoulder pain. The shoulder has a wide and versatile range of motion, but if something goes wrong with the shoulder, it can cause significant pain and discomfort and impair your ability to move.


How a Chiropractor Can Help

Whether pain began after an injury or increased over time, chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective way to treat damage to hard and soft tissue. When shoulder pain is caused by joint irritation, relief can often be achieved through an adjustment and soft tissue mobilization. Pain in the muscles can be addressed by applying manual therapies or electrical stimulation therapy, and your chiropractor will recommend exercise and stretches if needed. If you are suffering from pain in the shoulder, don’t wait any longer to come to see us!


A thorough examination is required to find the cause of the shoulder pain. Your doctor will examine sensitive areas and look for signs of inflammation, such as pain, swelling, and the presence or absence of pain in other parts of the body. Chiropractic care aims to help people with shoulder pain find alternative solutions to avoid pain medication and invasive procedures.


Treatment options for shoulder pain vary depending on the cause and severity of the loss of function and pain. It is helpful to get the shoulder back to normal and avoid movements that could cause pain, such as bending and lifting. Simple shoulder exercises can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the rotator cuff. In chiropractic adjustments, the neck and shoulder area are examined, and a physiotherapist or occupational therapist can show you how to prevent shoulder pain.

For more information about shoulder pain and all the treatments provided at the practice, visit To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Freund or Dr. Nicole Gopaul of Natural Care Chiropractic in Lindenhurst, IL, call 847-265-0600.

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