The shoulder can be prone to injury as it provides a wide range of motion. For its stability, the shoulder joint relies on the soft tissue surrounding it and there are four joints which have to work properly for the shoulder to have good mobility.
Causes of shoulder pain
Associated musculo-skeletal conditions of the back and neck can cause shoulder pain. Repetitive movements, a fall, or yanking the arm as well as poor posture can result in the joint, muscles or ligaments becoming inflamed.
“Frozen shoulder” also known as adhesive capsulitis occurs when an accumulation of scar tissue within and around the joint is created as a result of chronic inflammation of the shoulder joint. If untreated the shoulder can become severely limited in motion.
Treatment of shoulder pain
A combined approach that addresses both the joint mechanics and the muscles that support joint function is required to restore the shoulder to proper function. Joint mechanics are best corrected with chiropractic adjustments. Mobilisation and soft tissue muscle therapy can aid the recovery process too. Medical acupuncture can also be useful.