Frequently Asked Shoulder Pain Questions at Our Portland Chiropractic Clinic

Shoulder pain doesn't just make the shoulder itself uncomfortable, it can also interfere with the function of your entire arm, making simple tasks impossible to perform. If you're full of questions about this frustrating, disabling symptoms, check out these answers to frequently asked shoulder pain questions from City Chiropractic in Portland.

Shoulder Pain

Why Is the Shoulder Vulnerable to Painful Conditions?

Your shoulder is capable of moving in a remarkable range of directions, but that range of motion requires the interaction of many complex structures. Cartilage and bursae reduce friction in the joint, while ligaments and tendons allow for flexibility, and a group of muscles called the rotator cuff actually make the shoulder move.

How Does an Acute Injury Lead to Shoulder Pain?

Any acute impact or severe hyperextension can disrupt function and cause immediate, severe pain. Examples include torn rotator cuff muscles, tendons strains, ligament sprains, and dislocation, in which the bone end pops out of the socket.

How Do Chronic Problems Cause Shoulder Pain and Stiffness?

Some shoulder problems take time to develop and linger for months or years, especially when they're associated with chronic underlying conditions. Examples include osteoarthritis of the shoulder, tendinitis produced by overuse or repetitive motion, and bursitis caused by constant friction between the bursae and neighboring tendons.

Can Shoulder Pain Originate Elsewhere?

A pinched nerve in the cervical spine can create pain signals that travel from the major nerve roots into the shoulder. This phenomenon is called referred pain.

What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition in which your shoulder becomes extremely stiff and painful after a long period of immobilization. It can occur, for example, if you've kept your arm in a sling for many weeks.

How Does Chiropractic Adjustment Relieve Shoulder Pain Without Drugs or Surgery?

Chiropractic adjustment can correct positional abnormalities that affect shoulder motion, from painful alignment issues that aggravate arthritis pain to acute dislocation. Our chiropractors can also make adjustments to the cervical spine, relieving pinched nerve tissue and putting a stop to referred pain in the shoulder.

What Other Conservative Treatment Methods Does Your Chiropractor Offer?

Our chiropractors can provide you with a multi-modal treatment plan that also includes massage therapy, spinal decompression, corrective exercises, nutritional recommendations (to speed healing and ease inflammation), and lifestyle changes to help prevent shoulder overuse.

Get All the Answers to Your Shoulder Pain in Portland

Shoulder pain can throw a lot of questions and concerns, but rest assured that City Chiropractic has the answers. Call our Portland clinic at 503-224-9513 today!

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