Sports Related Shoulder Pain
Browsing our site you will see that we have a section dedicated to testimonials from celebrities, many of these are or were sports professionals. These patients and many have realized the importance of utilizing chiropractors knowledge and skills when pains such as those in the shoulder region are present.
If you enjoy physical sports such as baseball, basketball and American football you may be experiencing some shoulder pains. If this pain is frequent or does not pass after a few days you should come see one of our chiropractors. You may feel that you can deal with the pain, but it is vital especially for amateur or professional sportsmen and women to deal with the issue as soon as possible. Ignoring a problem could have a long term effect on how you perform.
Your shoulder comprises of the scapula, clavicle and humerus, grouped together they are also known as a shoulder girdle. Each of these sections will be treated depending on the specific injury. Chiropractors will examine you to determine which area of the shoulder is affected and what the issue may be.
For example here are some common injuries that many seek the assistance and advise of a chiropractor.
Fracture of the clavicle this is more commonly known as the collar bone, we see many footballers obtain this injury due to colliding with opponents during games. Although we do not fix this injury we can aid in those old injuries in terms of pain relief and well being.
Dislocation of the shoulder. Tennis players, baseball players and field athletes tend to experience this injury. There are many forms of dislocation with posterior being the most common which can be treated relatively easily. However those such as superior or intra thoracic dislocations can result in future shoulder pain as nerves, tendons and muscles are usually damaged. Using a chiropractor to aid in relieving this pain is common.
Pinched nerve in rotary cuff. The main symptom is a pain in to the front or around your shoulder, and will typical feel worse when you raise your arm. This may be an after effect of a fracture or dislocation.
There may also be cases where an incident or trauma has not occurred, however if this pain persist in any area of your shoulder your chiropractor can assess your shoulder girdle and treat accordingly. It may be that you have a tear in the muscle, if this is the case you will usually be referred to a specialist before the chiropractor can determine how the muscles are functioning and start work.
It is important to seek the advice of your chiropractor sooner rather than later, especially prior to attempting self treatment such as stretching exercises as without the appropriate guidance and diagnoses of your specific problem, you could easily worsen the issue.
Sports players are prone to shoulder injuries, however they are common in many other patients. Dealing with the issue quickly prevents further damage or pain.