Frozen Shoulder

Shoulder pain is a common complaint, and there are many causes for it. Like any other physical pain, the sooner you get appropriate care the quicker the pain will go and allow you to go back to normal activities, and the sooner you get appropriate care the less likely you are to get a recurrent and chronic problem.

Chiropractic treatment of shoulder pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is important for the chiropractor to accurately diagnose the problem before any treatment can start. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek advice before beginning any self-treatment. Not all treatments are appropriate for every condition. Just remember, resting and taking painkillers only, is not a treatment that is likely to help your shoulder in the long term. But may well be part of what you need to do when the treatment start.

Generally speaking, a chiropractic care plan for shoulder pain will include:

• Rest. The first treatment for many common conditions that cause shoulder pain is to rest the joint, and allow the inflammation to subside. It is important, however, to use caution when resting the joint, because prolonged immobilization can cause a frozen shoulder.

• Ice and Heat Application. Ice packs and heat pads are among the most commonly used treatments for shoulder pain.

• Stretching. Stretching the muscles and tendons that surround the joint can help with some causes of shoulder pain. A good routine should be established, and following some specific suggestions will help you on your way.

• Anti-Inflammatory Medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications, commonly referred to as NSAID's, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications, especially for patients with shoulder pain caused by problems such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis. There are of course some natural alternatives that your chiropractor can recommend.

Shoulder pain could be due to a wide variety of causes such as bursitis, tendinitis, rotator cuff tear, frozen shoulder, shoulder dislocation, ligament injury, labral tear, arthritis, or bicep tendon rupture. Chiropractors are trained in medical diagnosis and one of the priorities in the examination is to rule out more serious medical conditions before any treatment can start.

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