Arm and Shoulder pain
Here is a list of some of the most common causes for shoulder pain, for a more detailed explanation please click on the condition.
Referred pain from the neck and Midback
When the structures in the neck and midback are painful, the pain is often felt over the shoulder. It is important to remember this. Your chiropractor will always examine your neck and midback when you come in for shoulder pain.
Bursitis/ Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
One of the most common causes in patients with shoulder pain is bursitis and tendinitis of the rotator cuff musculature causing impingement syndrome.
Rotator Cuff Tear
Different degrees of rotator cuff tears can occur. If the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone, surgery is sometimes necessary.
Also called ‘adhesive capsulitis’, this is a condition that leads to severely restricted movement of the shoulder. It is not as common as people think and is often misdiagnosed.
Calcific tendinitis is a condition of calcium deposits within a tendon – most commonly within the rotator cuff tendons. Treatment of calcific tendinitis depends on the extent of symptoms.
Instability is a problem that causes a loose or unstable joint. Instability can be caused by a traumatic injury (dislocation), or may develop over time. This can occur with or without producing a secondary impingement syndrome.
A dislocation is a traumatic injury that occurs when the ball-part of the shoulder joint (top of the arm bone) slips out of the socket (part of the shoulder blade).
Also called an A/C separation, these injuries are the result of a disruption of the acromio-clavicular joint. This is a very different injury from a gleno-humeral dislocation.
There are several patterns of a torn labrum and the type of treatment depends on the specific injury.
Shoulder arthritis is less common than knee and hip arthritis, but when severe may require a joint replacement surgery. However, arthritic changes are more common in the acromio-clavicular joint between the collarbone and the shoulder blade.
Biceps Tendon Rupture
The upper part of the biceps tendon can rupture and cause shoulder pain.
If you are unsure of the cause of your shoulder pain, or if you do not know the specific treatment for your conditions, you should seek Chiropractic help. Treatment of these conditions must be directed at the specific cause of your pain to be effective.