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5 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Did you know that the shoulder is one of the biggest and most complex joints in the human body? 

While a traumatic event or injury can be the culprit of sudden shoulder pain, there are many other causes that can lead to tension and mobility issues. 

Here are a few of the most common issues we see in the practice. 

  1. Rotator cuff injuries. This type of problem doesn’t always come from sudden trauma. In fact, years of wear and tear can lead to eventual rotator cuff tears or irritation. They typically occur in the dominant arm and are more common as you age, due to over or increased use. 
  2. Bursitis. All over your body, you have thin, sac-like structures called bursae, which helps to keep soft tissues from rubbing against your bones. Sometimes, bursa can experience too much friction, which leads to inflammation and ultimately, pain. 
  3. Arthritis. This can occur in any joint in the body. When a person experiences shoulder pain without a known injury, it may be caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. This is best diagnosed with an X-ray of the shoulder. 
  4. Frozen shoulder. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this type of pain happens when the tissue surrounding the shoulder becomes tightened, which severely restricts movement and makes function difficult. 
  5. Spine problems. That pain you feel in your shoulder may not actually be caused by a problem in your shoulder. Herniated discs and misaligned spinal bones can cause pain to occur in the arms, hands, and even shoulder. 

At our practice, we often work with patients struggling with shoulder pain through natural gentle adjustments, physiotherapy modalities like electric stim or therapeutic ultrasound, sports massage and rehab exercises. If you’re interested in finding out more about how chiropractic care may help, contact us today.

By Dr. Jesse Call, Sycamore Valley Chiropractic 

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Sycamore Valley Chiropractic
Sycamore Valley Chiropractic

Serving the Danville community since 1984, Sycamore Valley Chiropractic is here to provide you with the highest quality in natural health care. In our comfortable, welcoming environment, you’ll feel right at home. Whether you’re looking to restore your body after an injury has left you sidelined, or want to feel as good as possible, Sycamore Valley Chiropractic is the perfect place to begin your journey to wellness. 

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