Shoulder Pain

Understanding | Symptoms | Diagnosis | Treatment | Frozen Shoulder | Causes | Disorders | Surgery | Frozen Shoulder Treatment

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Understanding Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can have a number of different causes, ranging from an injury like a car accident, to a chronic problem like arthritis. Patients who experience shoulder pain may be surprised by the intensity and duration of the pain. The shoulder area is so essential for completing daily activities that it makes sense that the shoulder pain injury should be taken seriously and treated to avoid worsening your condition.

 

Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

Some signs that shoulder pain needs immediate attention may include a decreased ability to hold objects, decreased functioning of the arm, shoulder pain that persists even while at rest, shoulder pain that lasts more than a day or two, and unusual twinges or aches in the shoulder area.

Diagnosis

Chaney Chiropractic Center offers extremely effective treatment for shoulder pain regardless of its cause. Dr. Chaney oftens begin with an examination of the patient’s neck area since shoulder pain can frequently be the result of “referred” pain from the neck. Whether the shoulder pain is connected to the neck or is limited to the lower part of the shoulder. Shoulder pain can generally be treated with non-invasive methods of natural healing such as care from Chaney Chiropractic Center.

Treatment for Shoulder Pain

shoulder pain treatments at Chaney Chiropractic Center of Flint, MI include applications of heat, ice packs and gentle manipulation from Dr. Richard R. Chaney DC, to help the shoulder return to its original state of functionality, and gentle stretching and strengthening exercises that the Chaney Chiropractic Center patient can perform at home.

 


 

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Frozen Shoulder

Also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a malady that affects 2-3% of the population. Often the main indicator is initial pain in the joint and decreased mobility. Frozen shoulder can affect people of any age from children to adulthood, but is most commonly diagnosed in people ranging from 40 – 70 years of age, predominantly women.

The shoulder joint itself is called a ball and socket joint. Ligaments, tendons and muscles work together to provide support, strength and the wide range of motion that enables us to move our arms and hands in a variety of positions in order to complete tasks. All the functions of the shoulder can be compromised by underlying inflammatory diseases and misuse. The specific causes of frozen shoulder perplex are varied and largely still unknown, but onset begins with initial pain, followed by restriction in mobility and finally recovery.

Frozen shoulder can often be referred to as insidious in nature. The symptoms and development of the disorder are slow and can take up to a year or two to set in. Often patients will experience pain that will increase over time. As chemical changes take place in the shoulder joint, thick strands of tissue called adhesions form and begin to restrict mobility. The lubricating synovial capsule in the shoulder joint thickens and provides less lubrication. By the time the sufferer begins to notice a significant issue in lack of mobility, the disorder has set in and requires treatment.

The good news is that although the causes of frozen shoulder are varied, Dr. Chaney’s treatment is straight forward and the disorder can be resolved. Often clinicians, including our experienced and caring staff, can provide the correct manipulation and physiotherapy to help you regain mobility and resolve the disorder. Contact Chaney Chiropractic Center in Flint, MI so we can address your condition immediately.


Causes of Shoulder Pain

Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) can be attributed to misuse and injury, myocardial infarction, upper torso surgery, such as arm and shoulder surgery or mastectomy, and even lack of use. When the shoulder joint goes unused and remains in the same position for long periods of time, such as when a patient is placed in a sling or unable to use their arm, the joint tightens and mobility is decreased. An autoimmune response in the area may cause the joint to stiffen and restrict the joint causing the initial pain. When the initial pain is not addressed, the inflammatory nature of the disorder will progress and adhesions form in the joint further restricting mobility and increasing the level of pain.


Frozen Shoulder Due to Systemic Disorders

A large population of patients who suffer from systemic diseases may be more likely to develop frozen shoulder. These systemic diseases include those who suffer from thyroid disorders such as hyperthyroid and hypothyroid, both overactive and underactive thyroid function. Other diseases include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis and Parkinson’s Disease. Frozen shoulder treatment related to these diseases is paramount and the importance of early diagnosis followed by early manipulation and treatment are necessary, because more drastic treatments are often times not an option. The staff at Chaney Chiropractic Center in Flint, MI are experts in diagnosing and treating the issue to help resolve your pain and regain your range of motion, so you may return to a normal routine.


Frozen Shoulder in Surgical Patients

Patients who have recently gone through shoulder surgery such as rotator cuff repair or repair to the labrum, one of the many tendons in the shoulder, may experience frozen shoulder. Patients who have had recent mastectomy or cardiovascular surgery are at risk, as well. The reason they are more susceptible to the disorder is lack of use of the shoulder. When the shoulder remains in the same position for a prolonged period of time, the joint stiffens and the pain sets in.

Once the surgical site heals sufficiently, physiotherapy and chiropractic manipulation are highly recommended to help return range of motion to the joint and reduce pain. Our office can develop a program for you that will reduce the pain and increase the range of motion over a healthy period so you can return to a normal schedule in you life.


Chiropractic Treatment of Frozen Shoulder

Treatment for frozen shoulder at Chaney Chiropractic Center in Flint, MI produces the results you need and resolve your frozen shoulder.  Dr. Chaney will evaluate your baseline range of motion and pain level to develop a plan tailored to you. In-office physiotherapy coupled with exercise you may do at home will address and increase your range of motion. It will also build the muscle to prevent muscular atrophy or the shrinkage of important muscles in the shoulder. Coupled with treatment for inflammation in the joint space, patients can see improvement over a period of time and resolution of the disorder.

Hard work is the key. Failure to work on stretching in the office as well as at home can delay the recovery process. Trust Chaney Chiropractic Center in Flint, MI to direct you along the path to recovery.

Dr. Richard R. Chaney, DC
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Dr. Richard R. Chaney, DC

Chief Physician at Chaney Chiropractic Center
I have been a chiropractor in the Flint, Mi. area for over 30 years. We have a low stress, cost effective practice. We endeavor to run on time and accommodate walk-ins and drop-ins. We use short-term treatment plans and our goal is to get you out of pain and back in the game of life FAST.
Dr. Richard R. Chaney, DC
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Chaney Chiropractic Center
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