Understanding and Treating Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can significantly impact your daily life, limiting your ability to perform simple tasks and enjoy your favorite activities. At Performance Sport Care in Walnut Creek, Dr. Douglas Cancel, a renowned sports chiropractor, offers comprehensive treatment for various shoulder injuries and conditions. Let’s explore the common causes of shoulder pain and how chiropractic care can help restore your mobility and comfort.

Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)

Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, often affects major joints like the shoulders. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling, leading to decreased mobility and function. Osteoarthritis can cause tightness in the surrounding soft tissues and tendons, further restricting movement.


Repetitive movements and aging can cause tendinitis, where the tendons attaching muscles to bones become damaged. This leads to pain, stiffness, and swelling, often seen in activities like throwing or swimming.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff, which is comprised of four muscles around the shoulder blade and upper arm, is crucial for shoulder movement. Injuries here can cause pain and limited mobility, often stemming from non-traumatic causes like altered postural orientation of the shoulder blades.

Labral Tears

The shoulder’s ‘ball and socket’ joint is prone to labral tears, especially in the form of SLAP Tears, caused by strong or repetitive stress forces. These can result from instant injury or chronic stress.


Inflammation of the bursae, fluid-filled sacs near joints, leads to bursitis. Subacromial bursitis, common in the shoulder, results from repetitive compression.

Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

This condition involves scar tissue in the shoulder joint’s capsule, causing pain and restricted movement. It’s more common in individuals over 40 and can be linked to chronic diseases like diabetes.

Chiropractic Treatment for Shoulder Pain

At Performance Sport Care, Dr. Douglas Cancel and his team specialize in diagnosing and treating shoulder pain. Using a combination of manual therapy, scapula/posture optiomization and rehabilitative strength training, they focus on alleviating pain and restoring function and mobility.

Personalized Care

Each patient receives a tailored treatment plan based on their specific condition and needs. This personalized approach ensures effective relief and recovery.

Advanced Techniques

Dr. Cancel utilizes advanced chiropractic techniques to address the root cause of shoulder pain. This includes adjustments, soft tissue therapy, posture correction/optimization, flexibility/stabilization and strength training exercises.

Holistic Approach

Understanding that shoulder pain can be a symptom of broader health issues, Dr. Cancel takes a holistic view of each patient’s health to provide comprehensive care.

Why Choose Performance Sport Care?

  • Expertise: Dr. Douglas Cancel brings years of experience in sports chiropractic, ensuring high-quality care.
  • Community Focused: Serving Walnut Creek, CA, and surrounding areas like Concord, Pleasant Hill, Danville, and Lafayette.
  • Patient-Centric: The focus is always on the patient’s well-being and recovery.

Don’t let shoulder pain control your life.

Contact Performance Sport Care at (925) 945-1155 or click below to schedule a consultation. Discover the path to pain-free living with expert chiropractic care in Walnut Creek.

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