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.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
Our shoulders consist of an interlocking network of soft tissues, tendons, muscles and bones, which allows us to perform a wide range of movements. From reaching behind our back to stretching out to throw a pitch, our shoulders are involved in just about every movement in our day-to-day lives.
Age or injury, however, can get in the way of our shoulders’ otherwise normal, mobility and function. Here are 7 of the most common causes of shoulder pain:
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.
Athletes are particularly susceptible to shoulder injuries due to repetitive stress and overuse. Common issues include dislocations, instability, and a sensation of a “dead arm.” Sports like swimming, baseball, and contact sports often lead to these conditions.
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.
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.
Each patient receives a tailored treatment plan based on their specific condition and needs. This personalized approach ensures effective relief and recovery.
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.
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.