Shoulder Pain


Chiropractors located in Barrington, IL

Most shoulder pain involves the joint’s tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue, rather than the bones. Tightness, scar tissue buildup, tension, and muscular dysfunction contribute to shoulder pain, which can radiate into your neck, back, and head. Whether you have an acute injury to your shoulder or suffer from chronic pain, ChiroFit practioners offer noninvasive, long-term treatment. To have your shoulder treated with chiropractic manipulation and manual therapy, call for an appointment at ChiroFit in Barrington, Illinois, or use the online booking tool.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain may be due to any number of issues. It’s a complex joint with numerous muscles, ligaments, and tendons that move with a wide range of motion. Pain may come on relatively suddenly, or develop gradually over time. Shoulders are unique - many of the muscles responsible for moving your arm are also responsible for holding your shoulder in its socket. This combination of mobility and stability leads to a lot of injuries.

Shoulder pain usually originates from one of the following:

  • Strains or sprains
  • Overuse
  • Dislocation
  • Joint instability
  • Pinched nerves

Poor posture, a sudden accident, or natural aging and degeneration of the joint are other possible causes.

How does a chiropractor diagnose the cause of shoulder pain?

The doctors at ChiroFit take a complete medical history and carefully consider the symptoms you describe. Your range of motion and points of pain are examined using various physical therapy techniques. The doctors also evaluate your movement patterns and look for areas of muscle imbalance elsewhere in your body that may present as shoulder pain.

When should I seek chiropractic treatment for shoulder pain?

If you have sudden or intense pain, seek treatment immediately. Don’t ignore chronic pain. If you have shoulder pain that persists for longer than a few days, make an appointment at ChiroFit. Other signs that you need treatment include:

  • Inability to carry objects and weakness in the arm
  • Pain or inability to raise the arm
  • Swelling around the shoulder joint
  • Shoulder pain that is severe at night or when you rest

What are common diagnoses for shoulder pain?

The doctors at ChiroFit are experienced and skilled in treating and rehabilitating shoulder pain from a variety of causes. While shoulder pain results for a number of reasons, common ailments include:

  • Impingement syndrome resulting from rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Partial or complete tears of the rotator cuff
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Ligament injury, known as acromio-clavicular tear, or A/C separation
  • Referred pain from the neck or back
  • Labral tear
  • Biceps tendon rupture

Physical therapy is instrumental in healing and rehabilitating these conditions to help you restore optimal function.

What chiropractic treatments for shoulder pain are available?

Treatment depends on the diagnosis. For example, if you experience pain due to misalignments of the cervical spine, manual adjustments and postural exercises can help. For soft tissue shoulder problems, the doctors offer physical therapy and hands-on treatment to relieve pain and retrain movement patterns.