A repetitive motion injury (or overuse injury) involves doing an action over and over again, as with a baseball pitcher throwing a baseball, a tennis player hitting a tennis ball, typing at a comp ...View Article
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Shoulder pain is like a heavy burden that you can't put down. Any of shoulder pain's many causes can severely limit both your range of motion and your quality of life, effectively robbing you of the use of one of your arms. The good news is that many shoulder conditions can be completely relieved, or at least effectively managed, without going under the knife. Dr. Molloy, our Vernon Hills chiropractor at Molloy Chiropractic Center can provide non-invasive solutions to your shoulder pain.
The shoulder joint's amazing flexibility requires a complex interaction between bones, cartilage, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves. The act of rotating your shoulder in an arc or lifting your arm straight over your head may not seem like anything special to you -- until one day you can't do it without agonizing pain. That day may come when an auto accident or sports mishap does acute damage to the shoulder. Torn muscles or tendons in the rotator cuff (the tissues that articulate the shoulder) can make joint motion impossibly painful. The joint can even be popped out of its socket altogether, a condition called dislocation.
Other causes of shoulder pain may be much less obvious. Some injuries to the shoulder tissues develop slowly due to repetitive motions at work or in a particular sport. The shoulder has fluid-filled structures called bursae that help limit friction in the shoulder, but even these bursae can become inflamed and painful. Degeneration of cartilage in the shoulder joint may produce osteoarthritis pain, while long periods of immobility may result in a stiffness known as frozen shoulder. You could even be experiencing pain referred from a pinched nerve in the spinal column.
Any Vernon Hills chiropractor on our team can diagnose the true nature of your shoulder complaint. We can treat an obvious dislocation or injury to the shoulder joint through a combination of extremity adjustments, corrective exercises, massage therapy, and our advanced FAKTR treatment plan. If we detect a spinal misalignment or herniated disc as the source of your pain, chiropractic adjustments to that area of the spine can relieve any nerve impingement that may be manifesting itself as a shoulder problem. We can even advise you on ways you can modify your training regimen, sports technique, or work habits to avoid future bouts of shoulder pain.
If you've been carrying that shoulder pain burden long enough, bring it to Molly Chiropractic Center, Inc. Call 847-367-7070 today to set up an appointment with Dr. Molloy. Our Vernon Hills chiropractor is dedicated to helping you feel better!