Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Specialist
The structure of the shoulder allows for an amazing range of motion, but with that complexity comes many potential problems. What’s more, some shoulder pain may be referred from the neck. Dr. Brian Fuller and Dr. Ray Manasia of Fuller Health Group in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, can find the origins and provide treatments for your sore shoulder. Call for an appointment today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Made up of three bones and a variety of soft tissues that contain and support them, the complexity of the shoulder joint means that there’s no single cause for shoulder pain. The common origins for shoulder pain that’s not due to a fracture include:

  • Tendinitis: Typically due to the wear and tear on a tendon over time
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the cushioning fluid sac in the shoulder, often accompanying tendinitis
  • Dislocation: Where the normal alignment of the joints is altered
  • Arthritis: Most commonly osteoarthritis, the “wear and tear” version, but may be from other forms as well

Along with problems with the shoulder itself, occasionally irritated nerves from the neck may transmit pain sensations down the shoulder and arm. If you’re experiencing neck pain at the same time as shoulder pain, there may be nothing wrong with the shoulder itself.

When should I seek treatment for shoulder pain?

If you know your pain is from overuse, a few days’ rest as well as ice packs may be all you need to recover. Call Fuller Health Group if you have any of these conditions:

  • Pain that lasts longer than a few days without signs of improving
  • Pain that recurs without explanation, even if it recovers normally
  • Pain that occurs overnight or while your shoulder is at rest
  • Swelling or severe limiting of motion
  • Inability to use the arms
  • Deformation of the shoulder joint

How is shoulder pain treated?

Since there are many underlying causes for shoulder pain, there are also many approaches to healing. In some cases, treatment that’s good for one shoulder condition can aggravate another, so accurate diagnosis of the origin of shoulder pain is important. Seeing Dr. Fuller or Dr. Manasia starts a diagnosis and treatment process that’s appropriate for your shoulder pain. Your treatment could include some of the following procedures.

Chiropractic adjustments
Adjustments are suitable any time a misalignment issue is the source of pain, such as referred pain from the neck. There are several adjustment techniques used for shoulder pain.

Rest or modified use
Rest may be appropriate for some conditions. However, prolonged immobility may cause another condition, called frozen shoulder, that adds its own pain to the mix.

Stretching and exercise
These activities often enhance and prolong the effects of chiropractic adjustments, as well as rehabilitating the shoulder joints. However, some exercises can aggravate certain problems, so it’s important to follow your caregiver’s advice.

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