Shoulder pain can have many different origins including tendinitis/bursitis, biomechanical problems affecting the glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint) or ribs, muscular problems involving trigger points, or spinal or nerve related conditions. The cause of the condition dictates the type of treatment recommended for your particular condition. Shoulder pain can also be associated with pain that radiates down the arm into the elbow or even the hand. Pain in the shoulder can be the result of trauma, postural strain, overuse, abnormal sleeping positions, or tension.
Chiropractic care can be very effective in the treatment of this condition. In most cases, spinal manipulation of the cervical and/or thoracic spine is one form of treatment. Manipulation of the glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint) is also commonly used. Other types of treatments that may be effective are the use of ice/heat, trigger point therapy for reduction of muscle tension and "knots" in the shoulder, interferential current (also referred to as electrical muscle stimulation), ultrasound, acupuncture, and rehabilitative exercises. Your treatment plan will include some of these other treatment options to design the best program to most effectively treat your condition.