Shoulder pain is a common condition with a complex and unique anatomy. The shoulder is the most mobile joint on the human body. We use our shoulders on a constant basis – from times when we work at a desk to working out at the gym. Since shoulders are tremendously versatile in terms of motion, there are many conditions that are associated with our shoulders. “Between the ages of 18 and 88, almost everyone will experience some kind of shoulder issue, according to Gregory Nicholson, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery at Rush University Medical Center” (https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/5-facts-about-shoulder-injuries).
There are many causes of shoulder issues. Shoulders are complex joints with many components involved. The most common causes of shoulder issues include overwork injuries such as sprain/strain that could lead to inflammation and arthritis. Should pain can also be caused by traumas – automobile collisions, sports injuries, and work injuries. The causes of shoulder conditions are vast and complicated.
Shoulder issues come in two main forms – pain that is coming from the joints and pain that is “referred.” An easy way to help differentiate between the two different types of shoulder pain is to look at activity. If you experience more pain and problems during activity when you move your shoulder, that is most likely coming from the joint. If the pain is travelling and comes/goes unrelated to working with your shoulder, this would be classified as referred pain.
According to www.healthline.com, “Various diseases and conditions affecting structures in your chest or abdomen, such as heart disease or gallbladder disease, also can cause shoulder pain. Shoulder pain that arises from another structure is called referred pain. Referred shoulder pain usually doesn’t worsen when you move your shoulder.”
A common cause of referred pain comes from a misalignment in the spinal bones. These misalignments can cause stress on the nerve roots, which will leads to abnormal sensations down into the shoulders, arms, and hands. Our team of chiropractors will be able to determine if your shoulder issue is caused by a neurological issue through a comprehensive examination at the clinic.
Our team at Abundant Life Chiropractic will help you differentiate the type of shoulder pain you are experiencing. The clinic’s state-of-the-art treatment approach utilizes the motion study x-ray analysis and a neurological assessment. Our doctors are dedicated to helping you reach your health goals in the most efficient way. Call our office today to schedule your no-obligation exam/consult with one of our doctors!