Do you have Shoulder Pain?
The shoulder is probably one of the most complex joints in the human body. When it comes to pain emanating from this area, the pain may arise from the shoulder joint itself or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
Various diseases and conditions affecting structures in your abdomen or chest, such as heart disease or gallbladder disease also can cause shoulder pain. It is important to rule out these conditions prior to moving forward with treatment of the shoulder joint.
Many of our patients describe a combination of the following symptoms:
• Shoulder pain, stiffness, instability, weakness, numbness or tingling
• Pain with repetitive activities involving the shoulder
• Associated neck pain or radicular pain into the shoulder joint
• Loss of mobility and ROM of the shoulder joint
• Trauma associated with falling on an outstretched arm, landing on the top of the shoulder, or having the arm pulled up and backwards
• Pain with overhead activities
• Associated chest or abdominal pain
• Other associated joint pains
• Tightness and immobility of the scapula
• Many more…
Common shoulder problems share overlapping clinical features. When assessing shoulder pain, its crucial to work with a trained clinician who is extremely familiar with this portion of the body, as you want to rule out several “red flags” that require further and more urgent investigation and diagnosis.
Top Causes of Shoulder Pain:
Of course there is a long list of different possible causes of your shoulder pain. However, there are a few types of shoulder pain that are more common than others. Patients presenting to our office, often have a combination of different shoulder problems, which can be broken down into two major categories: intrinsic shoulder problems and extrinsic shoulder problems.
Intrinsic shoulder pain includes the rotator cuff disorders (rotator cuff tears, subacromial pain, calcific tendonitis), glenohumeral disorders (adhesive capsulitis or “frozen” shoulder, arthritis), acromioclavicular disorders, bicipital tendonitis, and shoulder instability to name a few.
Extrinsic shoulder pain includes referred pain, most commonly from the neck and cervical spine, but also potentially from myocardial ischemia (heart disease), as well as diaphragmatic pain (gall bladder disease, subphrenic abscess, etc.). Less commonly extrinsic shoulder pains can emanate from malignancy such as apical lung cancers and metastases.
At The Chicago chiropractor, we treat the intrinsic shoulder disorders, in addition to the extrinsic shoulder pain involving referred pain from the cervical spine or neck. If other pathologies are present, Dr. St Jean maintains referral relationships with top specialists in a variety of relevant fields including neurology, orthopedic medicine, gastroenterology, cardiology and oncology.
How is Shoulder Pain Treated?
Determining the correct diagnosis of your shoulder pain is of paramount importance for effective treatment to be implemented. Once the cause of your shoulder pain is identified, Dr. St Jean utilizes a whole-body approach to treat your shoulder pain by treating not just your bones and joints, but also your muscles and soft tissues as well as your nervous system and brain.
He accomplishes this by combining Brain Based Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation, Therapeutic Exercise Soft Tissue, Kinesio Taping, Cupping, and much more into a comprehensive treatment session aimed to correct the underlying cause of your shoulder pain and eliminate your pain quickly and effectively.
How do I make sure my Shoulder Pain doesn’t return after treatment?
To effectively rid yourself of shoulder pain, its important to set realistic expectations from the beginning of treatment. The prognosis of shoulder pain obviously depends on the underlying cause, as well as your age, gender, extent of symptoms, duration of symptoms, and much more. In general, recovery of shoulder function and elimination of pain can take longer than most other musculoskeletal issues.
The good news is at The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean’s focus is comprehensive and aims to get you out of pain as quickly as possible. Completing the entire duration of your specified treatment program is absolutely necessary to achieve the realistic outcomes and goals you and the doctor set forth.