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Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)

HOW DO YOU GET SHOULDER PAIN?


Many cases of shoulder pain come from a condition called shoulder impingement.  This is where shoulder movements may become imbalanced resulting in pinched rotator cuff muscles. People who perform repetitive overhead activities, (i.e. painting or carpentry, playing volleyball, baseball, or tennis) are particularly susceptible to shoulder impingement. A traumatic accident like falling on the shoulder can also cause shoulder impairment. Any of these activities can cause mechanical and structural problems within the shoulder joint. And like an old rope fraying, the pinched muscles and ligaments can weaken and possibly break.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?


When someone has Shoulder Impingement, they may experience pinpoint pain on the side or front of the shoulder. They may also have weakness in one shoulder compared to the other. These symptoms can travel down to the elbow. Oftentimes, the symptoms will be aggravated when bringing the arms overhead or when sleeping on the injured side.

WILL THIS CONDITION GO AWAY WITH TIME?


Shoulder impingement will likely persist if aggravating activities are continued. Even after rest, the symptoms may continue. If the condition persists for too long, complications like tendon rupture or “frozen” shoulder may develop. Shoulder impingements are difficult to resolve on their own. Therefore, its important to seek care from an experienced provider as soon as possible.

CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO CARE

 
In mild to moderate cases of shoulder impingement, oral or injected medication may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. Medication may provide only partial or temporary relief, so other treatment options should also be considered.
 
Physical therapy is also a common treatment option. When used with proper exercises, treatment can be beneficial. In more severe or persistent cases of shoulder impingements may need surgery to strengthen the area.

HOW WE MAY HELP


At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to shoulder impingement. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of your condition 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of shoulder impingement, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. A procedure that is used in the treatment of shoulder impingement is called Myofascial Release Technique (MRT). This treatment is used to help relax shortened overworked muscles that are causing unbalanced shoulder movements. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Chiropractic adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.