Shoulder Pain

Chicago Chiropractic Center

Chiropractic & Integrative Medicine located in South Loop, Chicago, IL & Lake Forest, IL

Your shoulder is one of the most versatile joints in your body and, as a result, may be more susceptible to injury, especially if you work a manual job. Anne Gordon, DC, offers comprehensive care for shoulder pain at Chicago Chiropractic Center in Chicago’s South Loop. In addition to chiropractic techniques, you can also receive on-site massage and physical therapy services to end shoulder pain and increase your range of motion. Learn more about treatment options available for shoulder pain by calling the Chicago office or using the online booking feature.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

The design of your shoulder is unique, allowing for a wide range of motions that give your shoulder its ability to move in a variety of ways. Your shoulder is made up of a ball-and-socket joint which connects your collarbone, long arm bone, and your shoulder blade. Cartilage surrounds these bones, providing a protective cushion to absorb shock.

Injuries to any of these areas can result in shoulder pain and a limited range of motion. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Cartilage tears
  • Pinched nerves
  • Torn rotator cuff

Another common cause of shoulder pain is frozen shoulder, a condition where your muscles, tendons, and ligaments become stiff and make movements painful or impossible.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

Dr. Gordon determines the cause of your shoulder pain with a physical examination of your shoulder. During the exam, she tests your shoulder for range of motion and evaluates the severity of your pain.

As part of your evaluation, Dr. Gordon reviews your medical history to determine if your pain relates to underlying medical conditions, such as past injuries or degenerative diseases or disorders.

How does chiropractic care help shoulder pain?

Chiropractic care often focuses on adjustments to the spine to alleviate pressure on surrounding nerves or spinal joints to alleviate pain elsewhere in the body.

As an experienced chiropractic physician, Dr. Gordon can also manipulate the small joints in the shoulder to free trapped nerves and loose tendons and ligaments that may be causing your pain.

What other treatments are available for shoulder pain?

Along with chiropractic treatments, you may also find relief from chronic shoulder pain from massage therapy. The experienced massage therapists at Chicago Chiropractic Center can work the soft tissues that surround your shoulder, alleviating tension and stress that can cause pain and limited range of motion.

Physical therapy exercises can also be effective in addressing the root cause of your shoulder pain by strengthening muscles in the area that support your shoulder joint.

Chiropractic care and massage and physical therapy can significantly improve shoulder pain in both the short- and long-term. These treatments may also reduce your risk for shoulder pain in the future.

Find relief from shoulder pain using nonsurgical therapies and chiropractic care by calling Chicago Chiropractic Care or using the online booking feature.