What most people call the shoulder is really several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion to the arm. Mobility has its price, however. It may lead to increasing problems with instability of soft tissue resulting in pain. The pain may be temporary and disappear in a short time, or it may continue and require medical diagnosis and treatment.
Most shoulder problems involve the soft tissues—muscles, ligaments and tendons—rather than bones. And most of these problems fall into three major categories:
-tendinitis/bursitis: result of the wearing process that takes place over a period of years
-injury/instability: dislocation of one of the joints in the shoulder
-arthritis: wear and tear changes with inflammation of the joint, causing swelling, pain and stiffness
Treatment generally involves altering activities, rest and physical therapy to help you improve shoulder strength and flexibility.
Another common problem is " frozen shoulder. " This condition occurs when the ligaments and tendons of the glenohumeral joint get so irritated that adhesions develop making the joint almost stuck together. This results in an extreme limitation of shoulder motion and pain. Left alone frozen shoulder can take several years to resolve and therefore needs attention by a professional such as a chiropractor.
Chiropractors are the most qualified health care professionals, because of training and experience, to analyze and treat subluxations that are the number one cause of nerve irritation that results in shoulder, arm and hand problems.