The shoulder itself is made up of multiple muscles and joints all connected to the axial skeleton by one bone, the clavicle. Basically the shoulder is a floating joint, and if it were not for the all the large muscle groups attached to it, the shoulder would not function. The shoulder is also one of the most freely movable joints in the body which leads to patient complaints not only in the shoulder, but also the surrounding areas. Chronic shoulder pain, elbow pain, scapular pain and neck pain can all be linked to a root problem of overall “shoulder dysfunction”.
Problems may be rooted in muscular imbalances, joint capsule inflammation and/or scapular dyskinesia. Shoulder dysfunction can be seen in a wide range of people, from young athletes who participate in overhead throwing activities or repetitive motion such as swimmers. Middle aged men and woman can also show signs of shoulder dysfunction, possibly leading to further damage if not addressed properly.
Restrict movements that reproduce the pain or numbness that is present. Ice daily to reduce inflammation and pain. Your body is resilient and want to move properly. When your shoulder is not moving properly your body will begin to find the motion it needs from surrounding areas. This is why shoulder dysfunction may present with pain in surrounding areas rather than presenting with direct shoulder pain.
A chiropractor who treats extremities in conjunction with spine adjustments can help create better movement pattern through the shoulder capsule to reduce symptoms and address the root cause. The team at Northern Edge Chiropractic in Plymouth, MN can help.