Some structures that are commonly involved in shoulder pain are:
The rotator cuff muscle group is the main stabiliser of the shoulder joint. They are made up of supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. Conditions such as tendinitis and muscle tear can develop when the muscles undergo wear and tear due to overusage.
Patients who develop rotator cuff issues may experience weakness with shoulder movement, achyness/ discomfort with certain movement, possible burning sensation, redness, brusing and swelling.
2. Shoulder Labrum
The shoulder labrum is a smooth cartilage lining designed to ensure smooth functioning of the shoulder and providing certain degree of stability to the shoulder joint.
As a result of trauma or previous dislocation, tear can occurs at the labrum. Patients with labral injury may experience non-specific ache in the shoulder joint, discomfort with lying on the involved side, clicking/grinding sensation with shoulder movement and catching/ locking with movement.
Bursae are pockets of synovial fluid that function primarily to lubricate and reduce friction between tendon, muscle and bone. Bursae injury usually involves prolonged pressure or overusage of the structure, causing inflammation termed bursitis. Read more about bursitis here.
Patients with bursitis may experience redness, swelling at the shoulder joint, stiffness and achyness with movement.
4. Shoulder Joint Capsule
The shoulder capsule is a band of connective tissue surrounding the joint. Inflammation of the shoulder capsule is commonly termed as ‘frozen shoulder’.
Frozen shoulder can be due to long-term tiny wear and tear or conditions such as diabetes mellitus, thyroid condition, trauma and heart disease.
Patients with frozen shoulder may experience significant stiffness, progressive loss of movement and night pain.
Chiropractic treatments have been well documented to manage shoulder pain in a drug-free and effective manner. The initial phase of treatment would focus on pain management by restoring proper function and reducing inflammation at the involved joint. Treatments would usually involve joint manipulation/mobilisation, trigger point therapy, home stretches and kinesiotaping. Once the inflammation subsides, the patient would then be gradually exposed to an exercise program aimed at strengthening the region and restoring the posture.
If you are experiencing any shoulder pain, please do not hesitate to come in for an examination at Spearwood Chiropractic. Call us on 0481342837 to make an appointment.
Spearwood Chiropractic utilises a unique combination of chiropractic and soft tissue therapy to deliver fast, effective and long lasting results for joints and muscular issues for all ages.
Our chiropractor, Dr Jackson Yee has a vast range of experience in managing muscular and joints disorders. With a particular passion for sports, Jackson has served as sport trainer at Jandakot Jets Football Club, Southern Lions Rugby Union Football Club, Fremantle Croatia Football Club and Lynwood United Football Club. Some services we offer are manipulative therapy, soft tissue therapy (dry needling/ acupuncture, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy), exercise therapy, nutritional advice, biomechanical and ergonomic education, kinesiotaping and bulk billed x-ray referrals (if required).
Some common conditions our chiropractor treats are low back pain, neck pain, headache, sporting injuries, postural issues, nerve entrapment, sciatica, jaw pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, elbow pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain and foot pain.
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