About one in ten people will experience shoulder pain at some point in their lives.
Your shoulder is actually made up of several joints, tendons and muscles. It is only through the combination of these that the shoulder can allow the arm such a wide range of motion. However the price of mobility is instability and often paid with ensuing problems in this area, which may result in pain and discomfort.
Sometimes the pain is only noticeable when you move your shoulder, or the feeling of pain and discomfort is constantly there. Either way, the pain can be inconvenient and sometimes debilitating. It may prevent you from carrying out simple everyday tasks, and if the pain continues for a long time, the cause of the pain may well have the potential to cause permanent damage. If your shoulder pain is bothering you, or lasts for more than a few days, it’s best to seek professional advice.
As a trained healthcare professional, your chiropractor will make an initial assessment by discussing your pain and any associated injury with you and will perform a physical examination. It is important for your chiropractor to obtain as much information as possible in order to correctly diagnose the cause of your pain. Once your chiropractor has ruled out any, albeit rare, serious conditions they can establish whether the pain is associated with damage to muscle, tendon or bone, or a combination.
Just as there are different causes of your shoulder pain, there are different treatment options. Depending on the cause, your chiropractor can recommend a treatment plan specifically designed to help return the mobility and use of your shoulder to normal. Shoulder pain settles down fairly quickly for most people. This usually takes several weeks, but does vary from person to person.
If you experience shoulder pain along with shortness of breath, seek immediate medical care.