Injuries from playing sports and overuse are common causes of shoulder pain that expert Brian Yodice, DC, regularly sees at Collaborative Chiropractic in White Plains, New York. Dr. Yodice and his team use a range of noninvasive treatments to address shoulder pain, including chiropractic, physiotherapy, and therapeutic ultrasound. Call Collaborative Chiropractic to find out more or book an appointment online today.
Shoulder pain comes in many forms and might affect your shoulder blade as well as the joint itself. This highly mobile joint can rotate further than any other, enabling you to perform a wide variety of tasks.
The joint consists of a ball and socket, with the upper end of your arm bone (humerus) forming a ball shape that sits in the socket (glenoid). The bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels in your shoulder work together to provide an extensive range of motion.
Shoulder injuries are a common problem that limit your ability to use your arm and, in severe cases, your hand. You might also have weakness in your shoulder and sensations like burning that travel down your arm.
Some of the more common conditions that could be causing your shoulder pain include:
Shoulder dislocation occurs when the ball-shaped upper arm bone comes out of the socket in your shoulder blade. The cartilage lining the rim of the socket can tear, causing shoulder pain, and the soft tissues that make up the rotator cuff can suffer damage at the same time.
There are a variety of treatments Dr. Yodice can use to address your shoulder pain, including:
Using ice packs and other cold applications lessens inflammation and helps reduce shoulder pain.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create gentle heat that penetrates deep into the injured tissues. It reduces swelling, stiffness, and pain, relaxes knotted muscles, and increases circulation to promote healing.
Stretching and strengthening exercises help loosen tight muscles and stop your shoulders from stiffening. Exercises like these under the guidance of your therapist can also ease shoulder pain.
Rather than taking pain relief medication orally, you might prefer to apply a topical pain-relieving ointment directly to the affected area. Dr. Yodice often uses gels containing menthol, a natural product that relaxes stiff muscles and blocks your pain receptors.
By using careful, precise adjustments, Dr. Yodice can restore the joint and surrounding structures to their correct position. He can also release tissues that are stiffening due to arthritis or frozen shoulder.
If you have shoulder pain, chiropractic techniques offer effective remedies without the use of drugs or surgery. Call Collaborative Chiropractic today to find out more or book an appointment online.