Our team proudly offers chiropractic care to patients suffering from shoulder pain in the local Glen Waverley, Wheelers Hill, Vermont South, Mulgrave, Mount Waverley, Notting Hill and Springvale areas.
What is shoulder pain
Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are very common, and are caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it is therefore less stable and more prone to injuries than other joints of the body.
Since the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm originate from the neck and upper spine, conditions such as vertebral subluxations commonly contribute to pain in the shoulder.
Chiropractors can assist with the following shoulder conditions:
- Chronic shoulder pain and stiffness
- Shoulder muscle spasm and tension
- Rotator cuff disorders such as tears and strains
- Frozen shoulder
- Arthritis of the shoulder
In order to determine the cause of your pain, your chiropractor will conduct a full physical, orthopaedic and neurological examination of the shoulder, cervical and thoracic spine.
You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests. Where the pain is felt, both at rest and during movement of the shoulder, provides important clues as to the cause of the shoulder pain.
It may also be necessary to undergo specialized diagnostic tests such as x-ray, Ultrasound and/or MRI scans.
The initial objective of all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation. The use of ice and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to relieve pain and swelling and may assist in limiting the damage to your shoulder.
As your shoulder begins to heal, it is vitally important to restore range of movement, and later to improve muscle strength to stabilize the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.
Your chiropractor will be able to assist you with suitable shoulder range of motion exercises and shoulder strengthening and rehabilitation exercises during your recovery.
Please contact us for your comprehensive shoulder assessment. We look forward to hearing from you!