Chiropractic Treatment for Shoulder Pain 

Repeated overhead activities, sporting injuries, and trauma can all lead to shoulder pain that can often be debilitating and restrict the movement of your shoulder and flexibility. While the pain is generally localised in the front and outside of your shoulder, it can radiate down your arm or even pinch when you try to move. Shoulder pain can also pull on the muscles of the neck causing neck pain and headaches.  These pains can severely affect your lifestyle and well-being so it’s important that you visit a chiropractor. Our team at Gonnet Chiropractic are trained to perform joint manipulation, myofascial release, massage, stretching and strengthening and rehabilitation exercises and other beneficial treatments for shoulder pain. If you need chiropractic care, please call us on (07) 3886 4300 and we can work out a personalised treatment plan to relieve your pain. 

Types of Shoulder Pain

The experience of shoulder pain is different for everyone, though similar symptoms tend to show no matter the type of shoulder pain you are suffering. At Gonnet Chiropractic, we can help diagnose the issue and help reduce the pain of the following types of shoulder pain: 

Bursitis: one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac at the front of the shoulder. 

Tendonitis: there are two types of tendonitis that are common in the shoulder acute tendonitis or calcific tendonitis.  Tendonitis is caused by the tendons of the rotator cuff becoming inflamed and irritated.  Calcific tendonitis is caused by the inflammation being present for a long period of time causing scar tissue to build up and calcify on the tendons. 

Impingement Syndrome: This is caused by the tendons of the shoulder becoming inflamed and swollen which causes them to become pinched or entrapped by the bony structures of the shoulder.  This can cause weakness or tightness of the shoulder as well as pain.  

Arthritis: Arthritis is the loss of protective cartilage that will rub on narrowing joints or can be due to previous injuries such as broken collar bones or sprained acromialclavicular joints (AC).

Frozen Shoulder: another quite common cause for shoulder pain, the frozen shoulder is simply the inability to move your shoulder due to extreme stiffness in the joint. 

Tears: Tears of the muscles of the shoulder are quite common.  The tears can either be tearing of the rotator cuff or the biceps tendon most commonly caused by traumatic injuries or a tear can happen within the rotator cuff muscles most commonly caused by repetitive activities or day to day tasks.  

Bicep Tendon Rupture: when your bicep tendon becomes overloaded and ruptures or tears.

Shoulder Dislocation: There are two types of shoulder dislocation an acute dislocation where the arm bone (humerus) pops out of the shoulder blade socket typically due to trauma and chronic shoulder dislocation where the shoulder has been dislocated numerous times and will now dislocate with minor traumas or no trauma at all.

Shoulder Instability: a loose joint and often caused by a traumatic injury such as a chronic dislocation. 

Labral tear: when the cartilage that forms the cup around the arm bone to keep it in place becomes torn.  This injury most commonly occurs when the shoulder is dislocated or with shoulder instability.

Shoulder Pain Relief

Shoulder pain is very complex with a wide variety of causes so it’s important for your chiropractor to determine where the pain and irritation are originating from. To do so, one of our chiropractors at Gonnet Chiropractic will seek your family health history, previous injuries, detail of your lifestyle (including recreational and work activities) along with what and when you are experiencing symptoms. 

Contact us 

At Gonnet Chiropractic, our team will look at your overall health rather than focussing solely on your shoulder. This will help us determine any underlying causes and gain a better understanding of how to treat your pain plus advise you on how to keep out of trouble in the future. While shoulder pain is incredibly common, there is no need for it to result in chronic pain or further tissue damage when our team is just a phone call away. To relieve your pain and tension in your shoulders, give us a call today on (07) 3886 4300 to see how we can help. 


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