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Can a Chiropractor Treat Shoulder Pain?

Written By Health For Life Chiropractic on May 20, 2020

Shoulder Pain Shoulder pain is a common ailment seen by chiropractors, and there are countless reasons why their patients may be suffering. 

While rotator cuff problems are the most common source of shoulder pain (accounting for nearly two-thirds of all reported cases), many other underlying conditions could be contributing to your shoulder pain. 

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be a sign of injury, and it shouldn’t be ignored. Your body is signaling to you that something is off, so you should take it seriously and seek a medical opinion from either your Primary Care Provider or call Dr. Hattaway. 

A few common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Auto accidents
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation/Separated shoulder
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Heart attack
  • Broken arm/collarbone
  • Muscular sprain/strains

Chiropractic Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain

While many medical professionals will prescribe either an over the counter pain reliever or prescription-strength NSAID or opioid for different levels of shoulder pain, one of the most common treatment options include chiropractic care. 

This is because chiropractic care offers several treatment options that directly address the underlying cause of the pain. Since most shoulder pain is associated with musculoskeletal problems, chiropractic treatments offer several solutions to those suffering from chronic pain. 

  • Manual manipulation – Manipulation therapy helps to realign the body back to its natural positioning. This can help by providing almost immediate shoulder pain relief because your body’s incorrect alignment could have been putting unnecessary stress and pressure on the shoulder joint and surrounding nerves. The realignment of the body helps to remove that pressure and decrease pain.  
  • Massage therapy – Massage therapy is another excellent option for treating shoulder pain because it helps to stretch and relax the shoulder muscles, while also increasing blood flow and oxygen to the muscles to help aid in the healing of sprains, strains and tears.  

Shoulder Pain Treatments with Health for Life Chiropractic

Pain should never be considered as “normal.” If you notice an increase in shoulder pain, you should seek out a medical opinion before any issues become more significant. 

If you’re suffering from reoccurring shoulder pain, then don’t wait. Contact the team at Health for Life Chiropractic and schedule a consultation today. In Douglasville since 1988 with over 30 years in practice. 

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