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Why is my shoulder hurting?
As you age, you are more likely to feel shoulder pain due to various conditions. The pain can appear gradually or abruptly and range from mildly to extreme. ”Shoulder problems can be widespread,” chiropractors in Tacoma say.
The shoulder, as it is commonly called, is a collection of joints that work together with tendons and muscles to give the arm a wide range of motion. This allows you to do everything from scratching your back to pitching the perfect pitch.
Mobility comes with a price. It can lead to instability, impingement or pain in the soft tissue and bony structures of your shoulder. Sometimes, you may feel the pain only when your shoulder moves or all day. The pain could be temporary or may persist and need medical diagnosis and treatment.
Bad posture and poor work habits can make your shoulder problems worse.
It is important to understand that most investigations of your shoulder show ‘changes’ that may be caused by the passage of time, even if you are 45 years old. You can get help from a chiropractor to determine the difference.
This article will include both home remedies and professional treatments. You’ll find that this is often all you require, as we’ll show you when we get into home remedies.
Shoulder pain should be taken seriously
You should immediately call 911 if you feel any pain in your shoulder with a tight feeling around the chest and are having trouble breathing.
Sudden left arm pain can sometimes indicate a heart attack. You should dial 911 immediately if you experience sudden pressure in your shoulder or crushing pain.
In some cases, conditions that affect the lungs such as cancer can cause pain in your shoulder. You are more at risk if your age is 40 or older.
If you haven’t felt any pain for three weeks or more, your doctor may recommend that you get a chest radiograph. If you have experienced unexplained weight loss, night-time sweating, or any other symptoms, tell your doctor.
Particular shoulder conditions
Nerve conduction tests can help determine if the problem is caused by irritation or pinching of nerves.
The electrical activity of the nerves and muscles is measured. The test is quick and doesn’t cause any discomfort.
Calcium crystals in tendon tissue can lead to pain, swelling, and difficulty with movement of the shoulder. Tendons are strong cords that connect bones to muscles.
A frozen shoulder means that the capsule around the joint is too tight. This can prevent you from moving your arm. We don’t always understand why this happens. Sometimes it is due to an injury or a heart attack.
You may experience severe pain and muscle spasms at night. To help, you may need painkillers.
The rotator cuff is a series of muscles that connect the upper arm bone to the socket by the shoulder blade.
The condition of pain in the shoulder caused by problems with the rotator cuff is known as shoulder impingement. This can lead to swelling, pain, damage, or even death of the tendons. This can make it difficult and painful to move your arm.
It can be difficult and painful to lift your upper arm from your body. It is possible that your arm feels weak or you feel a dull, persistent sensation in your upper arms.
How to effectively treat shoulder pain
This is where your chiropractor will help….
For the diagnosis of shoulder pain, your doctor will need to perform a comprehensive exam. Your doctor will check for signs of weakness, swelling, deformity, and other physical abnormalities. They will assess your strength and range of motion in the shoulder.
Ultrasounds are used to examine the tendon of the rotator-cuff tendon for tears, inflammation, or rupture. The ultrasound can be helpful and can give clues to pinpoint the source of pain. However, it cannot diagnose the problem.
X-rays are images of the bones, joints, and surrounding structures. These images can reveal any arthritis changes in the shoulder joint, including bone spurs and narrowed joints space. However, xrays are not able to show any problems or changes to soft tissues like muscles and tendons.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and computed tomography scans are not usually the first tests used to diagnose shoulder pain. These scans may be used if a fracture is suspected or an accident is involved. These scans will determine the extent and need for further treatment.
Most treatments involve rest, modification of activities, and physical therapy to help improve flexibility and shoulder strength.
Shoulder bursitis – what your chiropractor can do
Ultrasound reduces inflammation. Chiropractic massage therapy also reduces pain and breaks up scar tissue. When inflammation is under control chiropractic manipulation of the joint reduces friction and pressure over the affected bursa. One study revealed that subjects who were treated with ultrasound and chiropractic care felt no pain after a month. They also returned to their regular activities.
Sometimes, your chiropractor might recommend taking herbal anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation faster. Bursitis is similar to tendonitis. Regular chiropractic care can help reduce inflammation and prevent it from recurring.
Chiropractic Treatment for Rotator Cuff Pain
Many people believe surgery is the only method to heal a rotator cuff injury. However, this is not the truth. Rotator cuff Syndrome is an inflammation that affects the muscles supporting the shoulder. Inflammation results in pain, stiffness, and weakness that can spread up to the neck. Rotator cuff injuries can occur if your arm(s), or back, is unable to rise above your head, or if you have trouble sleeping on one side.
Patients with damaged rotator cuffs will need chiropractic massage therapy in order to release trigger points and relax tight muscles in the armpits and anterior shoulder. Ultrasound can also help reduce inflammation. If necessary, your chiropractor might use a cold-laser to help the muscle micro-tears heal faster.
Once you have reduced the pain and your shoulder is flexible again, you can do rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the shoulder and stabilize it. Surgery will only be required if the treatments fail within six months. This is rare.
What your chiropractor will do for frozen shoulder
A chiropractor can offer a highly effective treatment for frozen shoulders. This includes avoiding the need to take prescription pain medication, steroid injections, or surgery.
Many people can benefit from low-force instrument adjustments or chiropractic massage therapy. Your chiropractor might recommend an ultrasound, cold laser, or a set of exercises that restore shoulder motion.
Frozen shoulder refers to a stiff shoulder that makes it difficult for a person to move or appears frozen in place. About 2% of adults experience frozen shoulder, with the majority occurring in those aged 40-60. The reason this happens is unknown.
The shoulder becomes frozen when the connective tissues in the shoulder joint become very tight and thick, creating adhesions. It is not known why this happens. Although most doctors recommend surgery to remove adhesions from the body, chiropractic care has proven highly effective in relieving this painful condition.
Tendonitis or Shoulder Injuries: Chiropractic treatment
Tendonitis is when the tissues connecting the bone and muscle become inflamed. Inflammation can cause severe pain. Sometimes tendonitis can become so severe that the shoulder becomes immobile. Trying to move it causes severe pain. You can’t let the tendonitis heal by itself. Tenonitis can be treated by more than 4 million adults in the United States.
Tendonitis most commonly affects people over 40. However it can also affect those who are in accidents, do sports or work that requires repetitive motion such as carpentry. To stop inflammation, most doctors will recommend steroid injections. But corticosteroids cause so much damage that they cannot be used more than twice or three times per day before they cause even more damage to the tissues.
After your chiropractor has performed a comprehensive exam and reviewed imaging tests like x-rays to determine the best treatment plan for you, they will then design one. The doctor will recommend ice and TENS therapy to reduce inflammation.
Once the pain and inflammation are under control, the doctor will likely prescribe a combination of joint manipulations, adjustments as well as stretching, strengthening, and instruction on how to avoid future tendonitis. This involves changing the way that the patient performs certain tasks.
Some shoulder problems may require surgery. Most people with shoulder pain respond to simple treatment options like exercise, rest and medication.
What are Shoulder Home Remedies and How Do They Work?
The good news about shoulder pain is that you don’t need to see a doctor unless you have suffered a serious injury or are in constant pain.
It is better to go about your normal daily activities as you can, but not excessively.
It is possible to prevent shoulder pain by using common sense methods such as avoiding excess exercise or doing activities that you normally don’t like.
You might need more patience than you usually do and be able to gradually increase the amount of things you do each day.
You should avoid movements that cause pain. Moving your arm up above your shoulders or holding it off your body can cause pain.
If your shoulder hurts from minor injuries or is swollen, an ice pack might be helpful.
It’s time to cool it down
To protect your skin, wrap a bag of frozen beans in a damp towel. Do not leave it there for more than 20 minutes.
Heat it up
Heat packs may also be helpful for shoulder pain. There are reusable heat pad options available from sports shops and chemists. You could also try a microwaveable Wheat bag or a hotwater bottle wrapped in a towel. Wrap the heat pad around the painful area for 20 minutes.
Paracetamol or non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can be used to ease pain.
If the pain continues to hurt after two weeks’ of self-treatment, you should consult a professional, such a doctor or chiropractor.
Here are some tips to help you avoid recurrence.
- Avoid leaning forward or resting on your arms when you sit down.
- Relaxe your shoulders! Relax your shoulders!
- You should change your position frequently.
- Place your back straight.
- For a better posture and support of your upper back, a pillow, cushion or chair with lumbar support can be used.
- You can support your arm with a pillow or cushion on your lap if it’s really sore.
- To practice your shoulder blades being held down and back, use a mirror. Focus on your shoulder blades while you imagine your chest being still and then pulling the blades towards one another.
- Lay on your side, with a pillow underneath your neck.
- To support your arm pain, place a folded pillow in front of you.
- Keep your pain from spreading to your side by placing another pillow behind it.
- One or two pillows placed under the painful arm of your patient can support you if your preference is to lie on your back.
- Keep your upper body straight and the vacuum near your body when vacuuming. Use short, sweeping movements.
- Iron only essential items and ensure that the ironing board is at your waist height
- To carry shopping, use a cart or a backpack. Split the weight of two bags so that you have one bag in each. You can also carry long strap bags that have long straps across your body. It is important to distribute the weight of all your items.
- Ask your friends who drive cars if they can help you add heavy items to your shopping cart.
- A delivery service is recommended for heavy or bulky purchases.
- You should limit the time that you spend looking at your mobile phone or tablet. To reduce neck strain, you can use a standing desk or a table.
- Allow yourself to take breaks if your task requires you to raise your arms and move with your hands. Take frequent breaks, and consider switching between tasks.
- When you are standing or sitting, keep your posture straight. You should not keep your neck in fixed or bent positions.
- Stand or sit at a station, such as a desk, workbench or computer monitor, and get up to move. Keep your neck and shoulders moving through the full range of motion. This will prevent them from getting stiff.
- Use a computer to your advantage. Keep the keyboard and monitor close by so that you don’t have swivel your head. So you don’t have a hard time reaching the mouse, keep it within reach.
- A good chair that supports and adjusts to you could be a key element in your ability to work well.
- When you use the phone, do not place the receiver in front of your head. A telephone headset is recommended if you use the phone frequently.
- Do not do any manual work that causes pain while you are doing it.
How does the shoulder work
Your shoulder is composed of three bones: your upper shoulder bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and shoulder joint (scapula).
The upper arm bone’s head is inserted into a socket located under your shoulder blade. The glenoid is the name of this socket. Your arm bone stays centered in your shoulder socket thanks to a combination muscles and tendons. These tissues are the rotator sleeves. They attach to your shoulder blade by covering the upper arm bone’s head.
Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that are located in joints all over the body, including the shoulder. They provide cushioning between bones and soft tissues and reduce friction between bone, gliding muscles, and bone.