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Shoulder Pain

Fargo Spine and Rehabilitation – Shoulder Pain

The ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder is a complex joint that allows humans to perform such diverse activities as painting, dancing and throwing a ball. However, that very complexity means a higher potential for a problem resulting from overuse or injury. At Fargo Spine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Marc Vein can often relieve your pain and get you back to your normal activities.

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How Anatomy Affects Shoulder Pain

What we call the shoulder joint is the point at which three major bones are joined together. The humerus, which is the upper bone of the arm, meets the shoulder blade (scapula) and collarbone (clavicle). Ligaments, muscles, and tendons provide support to the joint and allow you to move. The joint is surrounded by a fluid-filled sac called the shoulder bursae, which also offers protection and keeps the joint lubricated. If there are problems such inflammation in any of these structures, your shoulder is likely to hurt.

Shoulder Pain – Diverse Causes

While an acute injury or overuse are the two most common factors in causing shoulder pain, they can result in a variety of different conditions. Among these are:

Bursitis of the shoulder – if the shoulder bursae become inflamed and irritated, it can allow friction on the joint. Poor body mechanics and overuse are often an issue in bursitis.

Frozen shoulder – long-standing shoulder pain often results in the patient limiting shoulder motion. Over time, adhesions (places where tissues stick together) can develop. Eventually the shoulder “freezes” and prevents full range of motion.

Rotator cuff problems - the group of the muscles that support and connect the shoulder blade is known as the rotator cuff. These muscles can be torn or become inflamed, leading to pain and limited use of the shoulder.

Shoulder dislocation – this problem occurs when the joint itself is disrupted. An acute emergency, it requires immediate intervention. Minor dislocations called subluxations can be treated by a chiropractor.

Sprains and strains – while rest, heat and cold therapy can help relieve the acute injury, you may also need a chiropractor after the initial acute phase. You may find that you've changed the way you move or that the joint won't loosen up. Sometimes you may have developed a misalignment in the shoulder as a result of the injury.

Tendinitis – an inflammation of one or more tendons, tendinitis usually results from overuse or repetitive motion injury.

Treatment for Shoulder Pain

All of the conditions above can usually be treated by a chiropractor. Joint manipulation, stretching, heat, cold, massage, and physical therapy can all improve function and relieve your shoulder pain. Please contact Fargo Spine and Rehabilitation at 701-232-4770. We are located at 2800 University Drive South, in Fargo, ND.