Hi everybody, Dr. Jodi Kinney, your chiropractor for shoulder pain in Jackson Township, NJ. Today, I wanna talk to you a little bit about shoulder pain. That’s one of the most common conditions we treat in our office is people who struggle with shoulder pain.
So shoulder pain is gonna occur in something like 70% of the population, at some point in your life. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint, it is the most movable joint in the body because it can go in 360 degrees of rotation, flexion, extension, across the body, all the way up and around.
So there are a lot of muscular attachments, tendon attachments, ligament attachments. So it’s really, very easy to injure or hurt your shoulder because of all the muscular attachments in the front, in the back, all the way around.
When you get shoulder pain or when people come to me with some sort of shoulder pain, the pain can refer anywhere. They can tell me they have pain that goes into their chest or pain that refers down into the arm. Sometimes pain refers up into the neck or in between the shoulder blades.
And those all could be sources of coming actually from the shoulder joint. Acute pain is something that lasts from maybe a day to a couple weeks. Chronic shoulder pain can last from a couple weeks to several months, perhaps up to a year. But more than half of shoulder conditions tend to resolve in about eight to 12 weeks.
40% or more can become chronic and can go on to be lasting longer than a year. So it’s important to get it checked as soon as you have pain, as soon as you have problems.
Poor posture is a very common cause of shoulder pain. When you round shoulders and the upper back that puts a lot of stress, those rounded shoulders forward puts a lot of stress on
those shoulder joints. So it can cause problems, if you have poor posture it can cause problems in the shoulder joint.
Other common causes of shoulder pain include repetitive stress, if you are a manual laborer you do repetitive, you know, shoveling, digging, hammering whatever, over head work that can give rise to wear and tear in the shoulders.
A lot of my athlete patients who are repetitive stress athletes like swimmers, or, you know, pitchers, or you know, football players, hockey players. Anything where there can be stress on the shoulders will definitely cause shoulder pain.
Traumas, accidents, you know slips and falls where you take a blow to the shoulder. That’s definitely gonna give rise potentially to shoulder problems. Often people believe
they have shoulder pain when the cause is actually coming from the neck.
So it’s really common because the neck refers nerves that go to the shoulder and all the way down to the arms, hands and fingers.
It’s common for neck pain to be thought of as a shoulder problem or coming from the shoulder. So a thorough examination and often x-rays is necessary. So we can actually figure out what the cause of the shoulder pain is.
Now treatment of the shoulder, especially in the beginning, if it’s a new type of injury is always going to include ice and rest. Immobilizing it just immediately, so that we don’t do further damage.
Ultimately, once we get to the root cause of what’s happening there we can incorporate stretching and strengthening exercises and often manipulation or adjustments. So I adjust many, many shoulders in my practice because often the shoulder joint can become out of alignment or misaligned just like your spine can become misaligned.
And this problem is not gonna go away on its own. It has to be addressed so that we can get that shoulder joint back into proper alignment and get proper motion and movement. And Chiropractors specialize in adjusting misalignments of the shoulder.
So, finding the root cause of the problem is always essential to figuring out what the course of treatment is and how we’re gonna manage anybody’s shoulder pain or shoulder problems. So if you are struggling with shoulder pain and don’t wanna be living in pain anymore, come in and get yourself checked out as soon as possible so that we can get your problem fixed and we can get you to live without pain.
All right, thank you so much. Hope that helped, look forward to seeing you soon.