Shoulder Joint Injury

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Shoulder Joint Injury

Chris Goetz - Friday, April 05, 2013

Shoulder Joints are Highly Susceptible to Injury

Goetz with CaptionThe socket joint of the shoulder has a wide range of motion.  This makes the shoulders subject to increased injury from overexertion and overuse.  The fact is that the shoulder's extreme mobility comes with a trade off in stability.  With age comes the deterioration of tendons, ligaments and joints caused by years of stress.  Common injuries include painful strains and sprains, dislocation, pinched nerves and tendinitis. Furthermore, shoulder joint instability can lead to arm and shoulder bone fractures.

The extreme mobility of the shoulder also makes it susceptible to arthritic degeneration.  Most degenerative conditions of the shoulder involve the muscles of the rotator cuff.  Again due to the shoulder's high mobility and instability, the soft tissue of the rotator cuff muscles experience repeated stress and strain.  The most common symptoms of this kind of degeneration are pain and diminished range of motion.

Diagnosing the cause of shoulder pain will likely include the use of x-rays.  X-rays are a dependable way to find decreased space between bones, slipped discs, fractures and tumors.  All of these are possible causes of shoulder pain and limited mobility.  Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, can provide a more detailed picture of tendon, ligament and nerve damage when needed.

Chiropractic care has proven to be an effective therapy for shoulder pain and injuries. Chiropractic adjustments encourage proper spine alignment and mobility, relieving stress on nerves and muscles.  Patients receiving chiropractic care for shoulder pain or other injuries can expect to enjoy the benefits almost immediately.  However, many shoulder injuries accumulate over years of stress and the goal of any treatment plan should be long term relief.

A treatment plan for shoulder pain or injury should include the body's own recuperative abilities.  A good rehabilitative exercise routine will increase range of motion while strengthening shoulder muscle strength to prevent future injury.  A patient with an acute shoulder injury should receive rehabilitative therapy before beginning an exercise program.

Many physical therapy modalities can also be highly successful in treating shoulder pain.  Massage, hot and cold therapy, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), ultrasound and Jade can provide pain relief on their own or in conjunction with other treatments.  If further care is required, an orthopedic can prescribe anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections or perform surgery to repair rotator cuff muscles.

It is important to visit your doctor or chiropractor to get on a safe and effective therapy and exercise plan.  After the pain is gone and the injury has healed, the goal should be to maintain shoulder muscle strength and proper range of motion.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.