What Are The Causes Of Shoulder Pain?

Posted in Upper Extremities on Jan 14, 2020

Shoulder pain in Americans is epidemic. Based on Norman Marcus Pain institute 40 percent of Americans suffer from chronic shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can be coming from a lot of different mechanisms; however, the great majority of the shoulder has its root in muscle tone imbalance and spasticity. In this article, we will discuss the different types of shoulder pain and then we will offer a natural solution that can help your musculoskeletal system balance itself out. Many times, Blair Upper Cervical Care can correct the underlying issue that not only results in chronic shoulder pain but many other associated health problems.

Different Shoulder Pain Conditions:

1. Frozen shoulder

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2. Chronic trapezius spasm

3. Thoracic outlet syndrome

4. Cervical disc bulge

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5. Rotator Cuff Tears

6. Chronic Neck pain and stiffness

The above conditions have their roots in musculoskeletal imbalance. When the muscles in the neck, upper back, and shoulder become imbalanced and tight it can lead to all the above conditions. The brain stem, located inside the c-1(atlas) and c-2(axis), is the controlling factor not only in neck and shoulder tone but postural muscle tone of the entire body. Injuries to the upper cervical spine can influence muscle tone and underlie muscle tone imbalance.

Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder occurs when the rotator cuff muscles (muscles that surround the shoulder joint) become spastic and locked. The overall range of motion of the shoulder joint is limited, especially reaching to scratch between the shoulder blades, lifting the arm above the head, and abduction. Typically, frozen shoulder affects women more than men and occurs most often around the age of fifty.

Chronic Upper Shoulder Tightness

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The most common cause of upper shoulder spasms and tightness is a result of poor posture. When the upper cervical spine has been injured, it results in forwarding head posture. When the head is no longer balanced over the shoulders and lurches forward, the upper back muscles become spastic in response to balancing the head against gravity. Upper Cervical Chiropractic is one of the most powerful ways to help the body correct this postural imbalance.

Thoracic outlet Syndrome TOS

Thoracic outlet syndrome typically causes numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm that is on the affected side. At the bottom of the neck, there is a nerve plexus called the brachial plexus that is responsible for controlling the function of the arm. TOS is caused by a muscle group in the lower neck called the scalene muscles. When they become chronically tight they entrap the brachial plexus and it results in TOS symptoms. Also, some patients that suffer from TOS result from a cervical rib. Anatomically speaking these individuals have a predisposition to suffer from TOS because of their anatomical anomaly.

Cervical Disc Bulge

Cervical Disc bulges can either impact the spinal nerve or spinal cord. In each instance, the entrapped nerve can cause shoulder, arm, and neck pain. If severe enough, and long-standing it can result in muscle weakness, muscle wasting in the arm and hand, and cause severe unrelenting pain. Most cases of disc bulge will respond to conservative treatment; however, a small percentage do need cervical disc surgery.

Rotator Cuff Tears

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Sports that involve overhead motions of the arm, like baseball, competitive swimming, and volleyball can cause rotator cuff tears with long-term activity. Rotator cuff injuries can cause chronic shoulder pain and typically need surgical intervention if it is severe. However, when a patient undergoes Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care, the muscles throughout the sine and shoulder become more balanced and less spastic. This can sometimes relieve the “pull” on the rotator cuff and limit the amount of pain the patient experiences.

Chronic Neck Pain And Stiffness

Chronic neck Problems influence the shoulder. The old saying that the leg bone is attached to the hip bone and ………… Because the neck is near the shoulder and the muscles in the neck have an influence on shoulder function, a neck injury can not only affect the neck but also the shoulder, rotator cuff, and upper back. Many shoulder problems are adaptive to an upper neck injury. As stated Upper Cervical chiropractic is a powerful healing procedure that can help your posture and muscle tone throughout the spine and body return to normal.

What is Upper Cervical Chiropractic And What Does It Do?

Upper Cervical chiropractors run objective neurological tests to determine whether brain-stem irritation exists in the upper cervical spine. Once it is determined that there is a problem affecting the brain stem precise articular (joint) X-rays are taken to determine exactly what direction the misalignment has displaced. Angles are then measured off the problem joint and a precision spinal correction is made.

No cracking, popping, or pulling of the neck is done during the correction. It is precise, gentle, and painless. Following the spinal correction, the patient rests in a ” recuperation ” room to allow the body to relax and ” regain” control of its proper spinal position. Follow-up care is necessary to ensure progress is accruing. Each visit objective tests are done to determine whether another spinal correction is necessary or not. Over time as the adjustment holds healing occurs throughout the body. Our adage in upper cervical circles is, ” nature needs no help just no interference”.

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We hope this blog reaches those seeking natural alternative solutions to shoulder pain and other chronic health conditions. Upper cervical chiropractic has one goal- restoration of function. When this is achieved it is possible that a host of health conditions may resolve as a natural byproduct of better body function.

​Dr. Nick Tedder is located in Dacula GA and services the communities of Atlanta, Auburn, Austell, Braselton, Buford, Cumming, Dacula, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Flowery branch, Gainesville, Grayson, Hoschton, Hamilton Mill, Johns Creek, Lanier Islands, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Suwanee, and Winder.

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