The shoulder is a ball and socket joint that is the most movable joint in the body. Such a mobile joint tends to be more susceptible to injury.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
Arthritis in the joints around the shoulder (gradual narrowing of the joints and loss of protective cartilage).
- Bursitis (inflammation of a fluid-filled sac, or bursa, that lies between tendon and skin or between tendon and bone). Normally a bursa protects the joint and helps make movement more fluid.
- Fractures of the shoulder bones. Shoulder fractures commonly involve the clavicle (collarbone), humerus (upper arm bone) and scapula.
- Frozen shoulder syndrome (also called ‘adhesive capsuliitis) is a common condition that leads to stiffness of the joint. It occurs when the muscles, tendons, and ligaments stiffen up inside the shoulder and make any motion painful and difficult.
- Shoulder instability occurs when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket.
- Tendonitis involves inflammation of nearby tendons, such as those connected to the bicep muscles of your arms, from overuse or injury.
- Dislocation of your shoulder, which is when the ball-shaped head of your arm comes out of the socket.
- Shoulder separation (also called an AC separation) can result from a disruption of the acromioclavicular joint.
- Shoulder impingement occurs when the top of the shoulder blade puts pressure on the underlying soft tissues when the arm is lifted away from the body.
How can you prevent shoulder pain?
- If you have had shoulder pain in the past, use ice and ibuprofen after exercising.
- Learn proper exercises to stretch and strengthen your rotator cuff tendons and shoulder muscles.
- If you are recovering from tendonitis, continue to perform range-of-motion exercises to avoid “frozen shoulder.”
- In sports-related activities, learn proper techniques to prevent painful and expensive shoulder problems
After a careful chiropractic examination (and an X-ray if necessary), Dr. Singer will make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate chiropractic treatment can be determined. If your shoulder pain occurs at night or while you are resting, or if your shoulder pain persists beyond a week, call Dr. Singer. As a leading Ft. Lauderdale chiropractor, Dr. Singer has successfully lead thousands of patients to a pain-free existence.
Stop by or call Dr. Singer at USA Health and Therapy in Oakland Park to schedule an appointment today. Regular chiropractic treatments can promote health, healing, wellness and well-being.