Causes of Shoulder Pain and How Chiropractic Can Help

shoulder_painMany people experience shoulder pain at some point in their lives.  Shoulder pain can arise from a variety of causes.  With some, such as accident or trauma, it’s easy to figure out what’s wrong.  When the pain comes on gradually, it can be harder to figure out what’s causing it.  Pain from overuse can come from a combination of activities, including work, sports, and caring for small children.

Some of the most common shoulder injuries include:

Rotator cuff tears

The easiest way to determine whether your pain might stem from your rotator cuff is to stand with your arm hanging at your side and raise it to the side.  Pain with this motion is usually from an injury to the rotator cuff.  If you can perform the movement, the injury is likely fairly minor, though should still be treated, while inability to raise the arm at all suggests more serious injury.

Adhesive Capsulitis

More commonly known as “frozen shoulder”, this condition is a result of inflammation in the shoulder.  It starts gradually and gets worse and more painful over time.


Tendonitis occurs when the tendons become inflamed.  Tendonitis in the shoulders, neck, or arms is most often caused by doing work that requires reaching up for prolonged periods, such as when painting the ceiling.  These activities lead to acute tendonitis, while chronic tendonitis is more often the result of a degenerative condition, such as arthritis.


Your joints are cushioned by small sacs of fluid called bursae.  When a joint is overworked, the bursae become inflamed and painful.


Knees and hands are more common sites of arthritis, but it can affect the shoulders and other joints as well.  It is normal for arthritis sufferers to try to avoid pain by restricting movement, but this will actually make the problem worse as the tissues tighten.

Referred pain

Referred pain can be the most difficult to pinpoint, as the actual injury may be in another location.  Referred pain in the shoulder may be due to inflammation in the neck or upper back, and occasionally presents with dizziness, headache, or other symptoms.


A joint can become dislocated when the end of a bone is forcibly moved from its normal location in a joint.  Dislocation can occur with overuse, but is most often caused by sudden injury.

Regardless of the cause of your shoulder pain, chiropractic may be able to help.  Chiropractic care is safe, non-invasive, and drug free.  There is no reason to continue suffering from shoulder pain.  Call Lygon Chiropractic on 9381 1991 to schedule an appointment to learn how chiropractic may be able to help you find relief from your shoulder back so you can get back to your life.  If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, give us a call:

  • Pain lasting more than a few days
  • Pain that comes back, even if it only last a few hours
  • Weakness in the arm or inability to use it
  • Joint deformity, especially after an injury or accident
  • Pain when resting
  • Swelling of the joint, bruising around the joint, or any sign of infection

What you can expect when seeking Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to healing that seeks to support the body in healing itself.  Chiropractors work to restore balance to the body, reduce inflammation, and loosen joints with gentle manipulation.

While there are those who notice almost immediate relief, most people need several treatments along with stretching and strengthening exercises at home to see full healing.  Rest, ice, and heat can all help to relieve pain until the injury heals.

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