Shoulder Pain in La Quinta?
We don't think much about our shoulders until they start to give us pain. Most people immediately start looking for the best chiropractic care in La Quinta because they are always using their shoulders to lift and extend their arms, to carry, wave, and perform numerous other motions and tasks. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and as a result, it is subject to a wide range of injuries and conditions.
Shoulder problems that go unchecked can lead to lifelong, debilitating issues. In order to properly treat the shoulder joint and achieve long-term relief, it is important to identify the cause of shoulder pain. This article explains some of the common causes of shoulder pain and how chiropractic care can return the shoulder to functional health.
Shoulder Pain Treatment in La Quinta
The causes of shoulder pain are seemingly endless, but let's go over some of the more common causes for pain in the shoulder. Shoulder pain may be the result of conditions, such as:
- Neck and upper back tightness
- Spinal misalignment
- Arthritis (neck or shoulder)
- Abnormal patterns of movement
- Athletic injuries and automobile accidents
- Rotator cuff tears
The first thing we must address is the cause of the 'shoulder pain' which can be tricky. Many patients call upper back pain their shoulder when it could be referred from the spine or neck, sometimes it's postural and sometimes it's pain from the shoulder joint itself.
A careful evaluation of the shoulder, neck and upper back will determine what is the cause of your shoulder pain. We require x-rays and the treatment usually involves our 4 pillar process:
- Reduce inflammation
- Loosen up tight muscles and joints (neck, upper back or shoulder)
- Reinforce those changes with exercises
- Home exercises to prevent the injury from returning.
Symptoms of Shoulder Injury
Due to the wide range of causative factors, shoulder pain, and abnormal motion in the joint may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Symptoms of a shoulder injury are occasionally very subtle, but even these can develop into major issues. Since the shoulder joint is used in the vast majority of activities that we engage in daily, all symptoms involving the shoulder should be monitored carefully and treated promptly to avoid the progression of the problem. Symptoms indicating the need for an immediate evaluation of the shoulder complex include:
- Shoulder pain that lasts for more than a week
- Shoulder pain that goes away and then returns frequently
- Difficulty raising your arm above your head
- Trouble or pain when carrying objects
- Pain in the shoulder joint that becomes more pronounced in the evening
- Any visual signs of damage to the joint such as bruising or swelling
- Unusual snapping or clicking sensations in the joint during movement
Chiropractic care for Shoulder Pain
Chiropractic care is a gentle and non-invasive alternative to medications and surgeries that provides fast and effective results. La Quinta chiropractors are trained to deal with issues in the spine and the shoulder complex that result in shoulder pain. In order to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, a chiropractic treatment begins with a thorough evaluation process, using the information provided from your medical history, and advanced imaging techniques. Once a correct diagnosis is achieved it will then be used to develop an individualized treatment plan that will help ensure a fast recovery.
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