3 Tips on Treating Shoulder Pain

3 Tips on Treating Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common complaint in most wellness clinics. Where your hip joints have a lot of muscle surrounding them with limited range of movement, your shoulder joints have much more flexibility yet not as much muscle to protect them - and so are more prone to injury. Pain in your shoulder may also involve the tendons, ligaments, muscles or nerves and can include issues with your neck, arm or hand. If you have shoulder pain, be sure to see one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists first as they can give you a legal diagnosis and help direct you to the right treatment modalities. They can also tell you if you need an MRI or if you should consider surgery.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Age definitely plays a role in whether or not our shoulders are causing us concern - people over 40 have (often unknowingly) spent a lifetime putting their shoulders under stress and start to feel the repercussions. Common shoulder complaints therefore include frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), rotator cuff tears and/or impingement, tendonitis, and arthritis.

How to Treat Shoulder Pain:

1. See An Expert. Your MD may offer you medication for pain relief, but it’s your chiropractor or physiotherapist at YG who can offer you an accurate diagnosis AND a treatment plan that will likely lead to fixing the issue. Other treatment options at YG after a diagnosis include acupuncture, massage therapy and osteopathy.

2. Use Heat. Some people feel better using ice - if this is you then go ahead. There is plenty of science to support using heat and still plenty for ice as well, so the best advice at the moment is just do what feels good to you (as long as you’re careful please!).

3. Careful Movement. Because of the instability inherent in your shoulder joint, it’s important to be careful with certain shoulder injuries such as tears. Others though, such as adhesive capsulitis will need MORE movement as opposed to less. So be sure to get clarity from one of our therapists on what type of movement is best for your particular shoulder pain.

Please note that for many shoulder injuries they may never heal completely. However, learning the right exercises and sticking to a relatively easy home-exercise regimen can keep you pain-free and prevent other issues from arising as well. The most important takeaway you should get from reading this article is: you don’t have to live with shoulder pain (or most types of pain, to be honest). Check in with one of our health care professionals today and learn how we can help.

If you’d like some more information on how we can help with your shoulder pain, would like to book a free consultation or would like to go ahead and schedule an appointment at Yellow Gazebo, please give us a call at 416-909-2334, email us at info@yellowgazeboclinic.com, or use the online booking link below. We’ll be happy to help you get on your way to optimum health.

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