You can move your shoulder in more directions than any other joint, but those advantages also increase the risk of injury. If you've got shoulder pain, board-certified chiropractor Jeffry Yoder, DC, of Meridian Chiropractic Clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana, can help. Dr. Yoder is an expert in using chiropractic techniques to treat the causes of shoulder pain and help prevent long-term problems like joint instability. To find the relief from shoulder pain you've been seeking, call Meridian Chiropractic Clinic today or book an appointment online.
Shoulders consist of a complex arrangement of bones, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and cartilage that enables you to rotate your arms and makes the shoulder your most mobile joint.
Shoulder pain could arise from damage to one or several of these structures and is likely to affect how well you can use the joint. Limited movement of the arm is a common problem with conditions that cause shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain can stem from acute injuries, overuse, or deterioration of the tissues and bones over time. Common causes of shoulder pain include:
Arthritis takes multiple forms, all of which cause painful joints. Osteoarthritis is an age-related form that develops over the years as the cartilage protecting your shoulder joint wears out. The bones in the joint can then rub together, causing pain and stiffness.
Rheumatoid arthritis results in damage to the joint linings from an immune system malfunction and typically sets in at an earlier age.
Tendinitis is inflammation in the shoulder tendons that makes it painful to raise your arm. It’s often due to repetitive strain — overuse of the shoulder resulting from the type of work you do or playing sports.
The bursae prevent tendons and bones from rubbing together, but they sometimes become inflamed themselves. Bursitis makes it hard to perform overhead movements.
When your shoulder dislocates, the humeral head (upper arm bone) comes out of the glenoid (socket), causing severe pain. While putting the shoulder back in place is usually fairly straightforward, once you've suffered this injury, you're more likely to do it again. Repeated dislocations lead to shoulder instability.
The rotator cuff holds all the parts of your shoulder in place and enables you to move the joint in a wide arc. It's vulnerable to injuries such as stretching and tearing of the muscles and tendons.
Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) develops after an injury where you have to immobilize your arm, such as a fracture. Lack of activity causes the tissues in your shoulder to stiffen, locking the joint in place so it's difficult and uncomfortable to move.
Dr. Yoder can help relieve your shoulder pain by addressing any misalignments and correcting them using chiropractic techniques. You might also benefit from therapeutic massage and other passive treatments to ease the pain and keep tissues oxygenated and mobile.
If you have shoulder pain, take advantage of Dr. Yoder's expertise by calling Meridian Chiropractic Clinic or booking an appointment online today.