Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain

Your shoulder is a complex joint that can become painful as you get older. Persistent shoulder pain can make it difficult for you to do simple tasks, like washing your hair and throwing a ball.

At DMC Healthcare, experienced chiropractor Bryan Weddle, DC, offers several noninvasive treatment options to help you find fast and long-term relief of acute and chronic shoulder pain

Dr. Weddle also focuses your treatment plan on increasing the range of motion you have in your shoulder joint and reducing your risk for additional shoulder joint complications.

Why your shoulder hurts

Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint that is kept in place by groups of muscles and tendons. This joint gives you a wide range of motion, allowing you to extend your arm over your head, put your arms out in front of you, and reach around your back.

However, degeneration of your shoulder joint as you get older can cause persistent shoulder pain. You might also be at risk for pain if you develop degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis that can break down the structures of your joint.

Injuries to the shoulder are also common, especially in baseball players, basketball players, and other athletes who engage in repetitive movements involving the shoulder joint. Overuse of the joint can lead to complications like muscle strains, frozen shoulder, and joint dislocations.

When to get help for your shoulder pain

Occasional aches and pains in your shoulder are to be expected with sports and other strenuous activities. However, if you’re no longer able to treat pain on your own with over-the-counter medications and rest, it’s important that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation with our team at DMC Healthcare.

You should also seek help if you have other symptoms that affect your shoulder, such as:

Based on the results of your evaluation, Dr. Weddle customizes a treatment plan using nonsurgical therapies to restore your shoulder joint function and provide long-term relief of your shoulder pain.

Treatment options for shoulder pain

As an experienced chiropractor, Dr. Weddle specializes in ensuring your spinal column and your joints are in proper alignment. Even a slight misalignment in your spine can put pressure on surrounding nerves, causing pain in your shoulder, hips, arms, and legs.

Chiropractic adjustments to restore your spinal alignment are an effective way to relieve shoulder pain and increase your shoulder joint flexibility.

Other treatment options Dr. Weddle can recommend for shoulder pain include:

Massage therapy

Massage therapy can relieve tension in your muscles that contribute to shoulder pain. Regular massages also increase blood flow throughout your body to help heal tissue sprains and strains from the inside out.

Trigger point therapy

The active release technique is a type of soft tissue therapy that targets overly tight muscles and painful knots (trigger points) that contribute to shoulder pain.

Dr. Weddle is certified in this technique to relieve stress on your shoulder joint and address painful muscles that support your shoulder joint.

Corrective exercises

You can learn corrective exercises in-office that you can do at home to keep your shoulder joint limber and pain-free. These exercises stretch the muscles in your shoulder joint and around your upper spine to reduce tension and prevent trigger points from forming in the tissue.

You can also benefit from the physical rehabilitation program available at DMC Healthcare to restore your shoulder joint function.

While chiropractic therapies won’t resolve your shoulder pain overnight, with regular therapy, you can experience a dramatic improvement in your shoulder’s function and a reduction in your pain levels.

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation for shoulder pain today by calling DMC Healthcare or by booking an appointment through the online booking feature. 

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