At some time in our lives, everyone will experience some kind of shoulder problem.
Shoulder pain is a very common problem in today’s workforce and in everyday living. As with any other condition or injury, the sooner you seek chiropractic evaluation and treatment, the faster your problem can resolve and the quicker your injury can heal. And you will be less likely to experience a reoccurrence.
Here are a few reasons/signs that you should seek chiropractic care for your shoulder pain or injury:
- Auto Accident injury (car accident injury)
- Recurring shoulder pain – even if the pain goes away and then returns
- Unable to carry heavy objects
- Unable to lift objects
- Shoulder pain that only occurs at night or at rest
- Swelling around the joint
- Signs of infection
- Pain that lasts longer than a few days
- Chronic pain
Chiropractic physicians can help treat and diagnose your shoulder problems to ensure that the proper steps are taken to effectively heal your injury. Before resorting to self-diagnosis for any type of injury or health problems, make sure that you receive the correct diagnosis and treatment for your condition.
What Can You Do at Home for Shoulder Pain and Shoulder Injuries?
Taking painkillers alone can only hide the symptoms of your problem or injury. Medication will never truly correct a primary issue regarding pain or injury. For self home remedy between your visits, we recommend the use of the RICE system – Rest-Ice-Compress-Elevate – and, in some cases, exercise.
- Rest. The first step with any injury is to rest your joint. In addition, you should avoid any strenuous activities that may increase swelling and aggravate your injury.
- Ice. If you are unsure whether to use heat or ice, use ice first! Be sure to ice your injury for no more than 20 minutes at least 3 to 4 times a day. Excessive use of ice on your injury can cause more swelling, which can worsen your injury.
- Compress. Due to the shoulder’s location, it’s difficult to compress this area with an ace bandage. If possible, have someone help you wrap the area with an ace bandage. If you are unable to keep the shoulder compressed, anti-inflammatory medication can help decrease swelling.
- Elevate (Exercise). Elevation of the shoulder allows the swelling (blood flow) to move back into the heart. Elevation is highly recommended for most injuries. Once your pain and swelling have decreased, it’s important to get your joint moving properly again.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain can occur for many reasons, such as a rotator cuff injury, neck pain (which can cause the shoulder to become immobilized due to soft tissue injuries of the neck), a bicep tendon rupture, arthritis, and ligament injuries, such as an AC joint tear.