As one of the leading chiropractic clinics in Southampton, our experienced team of chiropractors see many patients who are experiencing shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain may occur as a result of an injury or for no apparent reason. It may be due to a problem within the shoulder itself or as a result of neck or back problems referring pain to the shoulder area.
Determining the source of the problem in the shoulder is essential before anyone recommends a treatment regime. Therefore, a comprehensive examination will be required to find the causes of your shoulder pain.
When visiting one of Chiropractors in Southampton, the first step is a thorough medical history – some conditions such as liver, gall bladder, stomach can refer pain to the shoulder – is that the cause of your pain?. The Chiropractor will determine your general health as well as the possible mechanical or neurological causes of your shoulder problem.
Next, the Chiropractor will perform a physical examination, which may include looking for physical abnormalities, swelling, deformity or muscle weakness, or feeling for tender areas, and observing the range of shoulder motion, how far and in which direction you can move your arm.
When the cause of the pain has been established, you may be treated by some or all of the following: manipulation, mobilization, ultrasound, exercises, acupuncture or soft tissue work. The Chiropractor will also discuss your posture and how you sit at work or what you do for recreation. Your daily activities may be causing your problem without you even realizing it!
What can you do to help?
If you have a problem that is suitable for physical treatment, it will probably need exercises to help increase the strength as well as balancing any faulty movement patterns that have either contributed to the problem or arisen as a result. Below is an example of exercises that may help strengthen your shoulder, however, exercises need to be specific for your particular problem and need to be observed – so contact your local Chiropractor for advice. You may progress to using weights or therabands and you will probably need to do these exercises for the rest of your life to avoid recurrences. Don’t forget too that over 50% of the strength of the shoulder girdle comes from your core – so you must do core strengthening exercises too. To use your extremities efficiently you need a solid base!
If you are experiencing shoulder pain why not make an appointment with one of our team of Chiropactors in Southampton now.