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Shoulder Pain at Precision PT & Sports Medicine

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Do you suffer from “Frozen Shoulder”? Experiencing pain when you lift your arm to reach for a glass or pick up your cup from the table? Rotator cuff injuries are common and highly treatable. At Precision PT & Med, we are committed to relieving your pain as quickly as possible. Don’t suffer with radiating, burning or shooting pain any longer. Come see our highly-trained professionals and let them do a comprehensive evaluation in order to offer you the unique treatment your injury deserves.

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Because we sleep on them, pull with them, reach and push with them, we don’t give our shoulders much thought…until they are injured. Once we have pain in our shoulder area, it can’t be avoided—precisely because they are an integral part of the everyday movement that comes with being human. Overuse, over-loading, and acute trauma following a fall or other accident are the most common causes of shoulder pain. Fortunately, there are remedies and solutions for the various shoulder issues we encounter.

Symptoms Associated with a Shoulder Condition

Painful movement when lifting the arm is the most common complaint associated with a shoulder injury. A decrease in range of motion or a “pinched” sensation, as well as a radiating, burning sensation shooting down the arm are all common symptoms of a shoulder disorder.

Possible Causes of Shoulder Pain

Tightening of the innermost ligaments
Often referred to as “frozen shoulder,” Adhesive Capsulitis, is a painful and disabling condition in the shoulder capsule, caused by the tightening of the innermost ligaments of the shoulder. The inability to enjoy a free range of motion is often the most obvious symptom. This is due to inflammation of the ligaments which get very tight, and movement of the shoulder HURTS.

Impingement Syndrome is a fancy word for “pinching” of the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder, and when the muscles get pinched between two bones (the humeral head and the acromion process), this causes inflammation. Inflammation will lead to more pinching and that is when you get pain. There is a small protective sack in the shoulder that is on top of the rotator cuff tendon. This is the bursa for the shoulder. When one gets inflammation in the tendon, we refer to this as impingement, bursitis of the shoulder or rotator cuff tendonitis. 

Small Bone Spurs or Tight Ligaments
Another common cause of pain in the shoulder is a small bone spur or a tight ligament. These structures are the usual culprits causing quite a lot of pain because of the inflammation they create in the rotator cuff and/or bursa.

Treating Shoulder Pain Conditions

Treating Tight Ligaments
With the proper treatment, one can greatly reduce the time spent with this painful condition. Over 90% of the patients do very well with conservative treatment. Chiropractic methods used in the treatment of frozen shoulder address the most practical issue of all: getting the body to move easier and the person back to an active lifestyle. There are several courses of action available including Physical Therapy to improve range of motion, EMS to stimulate the release of pain-inhibiting molecules, and Spinal Adjustment to bring the body into proper alignment.

Treating Inflammation caused by Bursitis
Since a majority of the patients with impingement get better with conservative management, we recommend physical therapy, massage therapy, and ultrasound therapy. In the early stages of bursitis, ultrasound therapy is an effective method to safely decrease inflammation, along with massage therapy aimed at safely breaking down scar tissue. Once a patient’s bursitis is stabilized, physiotherapy and joint manipulation can then be very effective in loosening up the related soft tissue, restoring flexibility and alleviating pressure and friction over the affected bursa.