Shoulder and Arm Injuries
The most mobile joint in your body is your shoulder.
This complex joint involves your upper arm or humerus bone, your scapula and your clavicle. These three bones stay in balance with the help of ligaments, tendons and muscles. Whats missing? The neurology that works to keep this complex joint balanced and functioning properly. This is often the missing link in treating shoulder and arm injuries.
Shoulder and Arm Injuries & Treatment
Shoulder and arm injuries may occur from:
Normal activities of daily living:
- Hanging curtains
- Hanging lights
- Washing walls
- REPETITIVE work
- Car accidents
- Slip and falls
- “Sleeping wrong”
The nerves that work to control your shoulders and arms arise out of your spine at the lever of the lower neck and upper thoracic areas. These same nerves that transmit pain you may be feeling when you have an injury to this area. Many people arrive complaining of old shoulder issues sometimes after surgeries have been done thinking there is little more to be done. No other doctor may have looked to their neck and upper back for answers to their constant pain and dysfunction in their shoulder. In my view, these two areas are always in suspicion for pain and dysfunction.
Car crashes will often bring this type of patient in. It’s important to properly document and treat these injuries before they become a chronic issue.
Gentle adjustments, stretches and exercises are usually very helpful in providing relief of pain and return to normal range-of-motion and function. If not, appropriate MRI and Nerve Conduction Studies may be warranted. Referrals rarely are required to rule in or out surgical intervention. But this is a rare occurrence in my office.
At my office we also utilize cold laser to speed healing on arm and shoulder injuries. It’s even helpful for those who have undergone a recent surgery working to reduce swelling and speed healing of tissues and incisions. Recovery time may be significantly reduced utilizing a protocol of cold laser and chiropractic support.
We see a lot of shoulder/arm injuries on our office. To focus just on the shoulder while ignoring the neck and upper back is usually a mistake, but often what I see as the norm. In my office I find it useful to take a digital X-ray of the entire area to correlate the pain and dysfunction with the X-ray findings. After, appropriate care utilizing adjustments and mobilization can be started right away. In severe shoulder cases where Frozen Shoulder is involved I’ve got an effective protocol to quickly reduce pain and return normal range of motion even if you have been told only shots and surgery might help. Cold Laser is always an option also.
“Excellent Chiropractor. I’ve been in pain for 10 months and after the first visit this Chiropractor got me feeling 90% better.”
– Joseph Newsome