Back pain and neck pain are the two ailments most associated with chiropractors. Active Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, NC doesn’t stop there, though. We’re also proficient in treating toes, elbows, knees, and shoulders.
The human shoulder doesn’t get the respect it deserves in terms of its complexity. The shoulder isn’t one joint – it’s several, all of which are combined with an amalgamation of muscles and tendons. Put them all together and you have the most mobile joint in the body, responsible for a wide range of motions including throwing a ball, scratching your back, pushing a cart, and pulling a wagon.
But mobility and wide-ranging functionality come at a cost. Whether through injury, infection, or natural wear and tear, the shoulder is highly susceptible to irritations in the joint and/or the surrounding tissue. Also, the rotator cuff, a term most people are familiar with, is a key part of the shoulder. It’s comprised of four major tendons, all of which are connected to the upper back. All too often these tendons are stretched, pulled, or torn, and they’re a main contributor to the shoulder pain experienced by everyone from professional athletes to everyday people.
Shoulder Pain Causes
- Overexertion (weightlifting, exercising)
- Poor posture
- Lack of stretching
- General use: on the job, playing a sport
- An existing back or neck problem
If you’re seeking shoulder pain relief near Charlotte, NC, our experienced specialists will create a treatment plan that delivers fast, marked improvement in terms of range of motion and pain minimization.
Our Treatment Approach
We’ll conduct preliminary exams to locate the source of your shoulder pain, concurrent with questions concerning your symptoms and injury history: how long have you experienced shoulder pain, does anything make it better/worse, etc. We’ll also do tests for range of motion, posture, muscle spasms, reflexes, and pain spread.
As “conservative care” doctors, surgery and drug prescription are beyond our scope. However, we do utilize nerve scans and x-rays to facilitate our diagnosis and support our treatment recommendation. Depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms, we’ll administer one or both of these analyses. If we discover that you have a fracture, break, or other organic malady, we’ll refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Prior to commencing treatment, we’ll share our diagnosis with you, discuss treatment options, and talk candidly about time-frame and expectations. We’ll also get your insurance and payment options squared away.
Treatment typically includes shoulder manipulation and shoulder realignment. Most shoulder issues involve inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain, and a major cause is that the shoulder joint can become misaligned, leading to the ligaments and muscles pulling in unnatural ways. We’ll work to manipulate and adjust your shoulder backwards or forwards, depending on your symptoms, and we’ll also address any neck and/or upper back pain you may be experiencing. The shoulder, upper back, and neck are all interconnected, and adjusting one can positively affect the other two.
Schedule an Appointment
For a well-qualified chi, choose Active Life Chiropractic. As experts in all manner of shoulder problems we’ll get you straightened out quickly and cost-effectively. Contact us today to make an appointment, and be sure to ask about our special rate for new patients.