Shoulder Pain & Chiropractic Care

The shoulder, also known as the glenohumeral joint, is the most mobile joint in the body. The bones of the shoulder are held together via muscles, tendons, ligaments and bursa in a complex system of multiple joints. The most “famous” of these muscle groups is the rotator cuff.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

While biomechanics allow the shoulder joint to move in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the shoulder susceptible to pain and injury. Typically, increased joint mobility couples with increased instability and impingement of the soft tissue or bony structures. This is the root cause of most shoulder pain. Activities that affect shoulder biomechanics include lifting of heavy objects, computer work, repetitive movements, accidents, falls, blows to the body or shoulder, normal aging, and every day wear and tear.

You may feel pain only upon movement of your shoulder or all of the time. The pain may be temporary or prolonged. Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous medical conditions ranging from strained rotator cuff muscles to heart attack. Shoulder pain can have several etiologies and go by many different names. Some of these names include:

Shoulder bursitis

Rotator cuff tear

Rotator cuff sprain/strain

Labrum tear

Frozen shoulder

Bicipital tendonitis


AC separation

Cervicobrachial syndrome

Brachial plexus lesion



Rotator cuff syndrome


Shoulder dislocation

Shoulder separation

Glenerohumeral instability


Chiropractic Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Diagnosis of the cause of the shoulder pain is very important for proper treatment. Left untreated, this type of injury often leads to a degenerative process in which the tissues break down in the shoulder and no longer have normal function.

Shoulder pain has many possible causes and requires a visit to Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy where our chiropractic physicians will properly diagnose and develop a treatment plan. Early diagnosis has a significant impact upon treatment length and prognosis. In addition to chiropractic manipulative therapy, the treatment plan may include soft tissue mobilization, manual therapy, massage, rehabilitative exercises and stretches, or physical therapy dependent upon the diagnosed condition. Call our offices today (847-222-9060) to schedule an appointment.


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