The 3 Most Common Reasons for Shoulder Pain
Did you know that shoulder pain is one of the world's most overlooked and underdiagnosed conditions? It's true – most people ignore the discomfort and pain in their shoulders until it becomes unbearable. But did you
also know that shoulder pain can actually be a sign of a more serious underlying problem? That's right – shoulder pain can signal an issue that must be addressed immediately before it worsens.
After helping thousands of people overcome shoulder pain and reclaim their quality of life, we've identified the three most common reasons for shoulder pain. They include:
1. Rotator Cuff Injury: This is the most common cause of chronic shoulder pain. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach the shoulder blade to the upper arm bone. When these muscles or tendons are injured, it can cause intense pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility in the shoulder joint.
2. Frozen Shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, a frozen shoulder is when the capsule of connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and stiff. This can cause severe pain and limited movement in the shoulder.
3. Arthritis: Shoulder arthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the joints in the shoulder. It can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the shoulder joint, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks.
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, chiropractic care can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with them. We use non-invasive techniques to reduce inflammation and promote healing. For example, chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper movement to the shoulder joint, alleviating pressure on the muscles and tendons. Additionally, soft tissue therapies such as massage and stretching can help improve blood flow, increase range of motion, and reduce inflammation in the shoulder area.
Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Shoulder Pain
Did you know that shoulder pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints worldwide, affecting up to 25% of adults? Surprisingly, studies show this pain can be caused by poor posture while using electronic devices such as phones and laptops.
At our practice, we believe that prevention is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
That's why we're sharing two simple ways to reduce your chance of developing shoulder pain:
1. Break up your screen time and take frequent breaks. For every 20 minutes spent working on your device, take a 10-second break to stretch your neck and shoulders.
2. Practice good posture. Keep your shoulders relaxed and down, and avoid slouching.
Incorporating these two small changes into your daily routine can reduce your risk of developing shoulder pain and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
The Top Two Signs of a Rotator Cuff Tear
Have you ever experienced sharp pain in your shoulder or difficulty moving your arm? One of the most common causes of these symptoms is a rotator cuff tear, which can be incredibly painful and severely limit your range of motion. If left untreated, a rotator cuff tear can even lead to permanent damage. So, what are the top two signs of a rotator cuff tear that you must know? The first is shoulder pain that worsens when you lift your arm or reach overhead. The second is a weakness or a decrease in your overall range of motion. If either of these symptoms sounds familiar, it's time to give us a call.
A rotator cuff tear can be caused by repetitive motions, overuse, or even a traumatic event like a fall or a sudden blow to the shoulder. Moreover, this injury can be severe and lead to long-term problems if left untreated. That's why it's so important to recognize the signs and seek treatment immediately.
Rotator cuff tears occur more frequently in people over 40. If you're in this age group and experiencing shoulder pain, you might be at risk for a rotator cuff tear. Our chiropractic practice helps people regain their quality of life from a wide range of injuries, including rotator cuff tears. We use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose the injury and develop a customized treatment plan to help you fully recover and regain mobility.
How to Find Relief from Shoulder Pain
Do you suffer from shoulder pain that seems never to go away? You're not alone. Did you know that shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints people experience? Studies show that more than 25% of the adult population experiences shoulder pain at some point in their lives, and it's not just athletes or manual laborers.
The root causes of shoulder pain can be many: injury, poor posture, arthritis, and even stress can all contribute to this debilitating pain. However, what if we told you you could alleviate this pain without relying on drugs or surgery? Imagine overcoming your shoulder pain and being able to enjoy your favorite activities once again. You don't have to suffer needlessly any longer!
Here's a surprising fact you might not know: Did you know that engaging in low-impact activities like swimming and yoga can be as effective at relieving shoulder pain as taking medication or receiving injections? That's right! You can decrease inflammation and improve your shoulder's range of motion by incorporating these activities into your routine.
In addition to these low-impact activities, we also suggest that you try these effective and drug-free tips to alleviate your shoulder pain:
1. Stretching exercises: Stretching can help improve your flexibility and reduce muscle tension, which can help relieve shoulder pain. Try stretching your arms and shoulders for at least five minutes every day.
2. Cold and Heat therapy: Applying hot and cold compresses can help relieve shoulder pain. Use an ice pack to reduce inflammation for the first few days following an injury, then switch to a heat pack to promote healing.
We hope these strategies help you find relief from shoulder pain (or prevent future episodes by being proactive). If you have persistent pain, don't suffer in silence any longer. Take action today and begin your journey toward a pain-free life! Click or call to schedule a visit with us today at Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine.