Taunton Chiropractors Centre

SHOULDER PAIN. 01823 336 886

Whether you've overdone it in the gym, developed pain from a longstanding injury, or simply spent too long in front of the computer, we can help.

 

Below, you'll find a list of common shoulder injuries. Successful treatment relies on accurate diagnosis. Often a set of simple tests can determine the problem, but if necessary, scans and X-rays can be arranged.

 

Once the problem has been assessed, treatment begins. A combination of deep tissue massage, manipulation, medical acupuncture and guided exercise personalised to your shoulder complaint gives us a number of ways to get you back on track without needing other more invasive procedures

 

Common causes of shoulder pain include Frozen Shoulder, Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Injury.

Commonly misunderstood and over-diagnosed, frozen Shoulder, (Adhesive Capsulitis), means the contraction of capsule surrounding the shoulder joint and the formation of scar tissue, which results in pain and restriction of shoulder motion.

 

The cause of Frozen Shoulder is usually unknown, but it has been associated with arthritis, trauma and prolonged immobilization.

 

Females aged 40 to 60 years are most commonly affected.

 

Frozen Shoulder follows 3 stages of clinical presentation:

 

1. Freezing Stage 

2. Frozen Stage

3. Thawing

 

Frozen shoulder can predispose the affected side to impingement and rotator cuff injury. Early treatment of frozen shoulder can dramatically reduce the level and duration of your pain, but also reduce the likelihood of further injury.

Shoulder Impingement is caused by repetitive compressive loads on the rotator cuff and subacromial bursa due to irregular joint play, faulty scapular posture, joint degeneration and joint laxity.

 

It causes chronic inflammation at the shoulder joint which may lead to fibrosis, tendonitis, and tears in the rotator cuff and biceps, even bone spurs. 

 

Usually pain is felt on palpation and during movement, with poor endurance of shoulder activities.

 

Those who are heavily involved in overhand throwing or lifting are most susceptible. Patients with Shoulder Impingement may also develop frozen shoulder in the affected side.

Rotator cuff injuries are caused by repetitive strain to the rotator cuff due to continued use of the upper extremity and impingement, or a fall on an outstretched arm.

 

Repetitive strain first causes microtrauma and inflammation in the muscle and tendon, where pain and weakness are felt, and progressive damage or degeneration can lead to calcification and eventually tendon rupture.

 

Those who are heavily involved in forward, overhead or swinging activities are most susceptible.

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What is Frozen Shoulder?

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Shoulder Impingement

Rotator Cuff Injury

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