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Shoulder Pain


When shoulder pain strikes, simple things such as tying your shoelace and combing your hair can seem like an overwhelming task. If the pain is keeping you from performing normal daily functions, why not head down to Davison Chiropractic? Our Tualatin, OR, chiropractor, Dr. James E. Davison, can help figure out what's wrong and discuss a variety of natural pain solutions.

Shoulder Pain Causes

The shoulder joint is a complex structure consisting of the upper arm bones, shoulder blades, collar bones, and the rotator cuff. A complex arrangement of muscles, ligaments, and tendons form a protective layer around the bones. There is also the bursa, a tiny fluid-filled sac that helps reduce friction between the tissues.

All of these parts work together to provide stability and a wide range of motion. Being a large, highly flexible joint makes the shoulder prone to pain from a fall, sports injury, auto accident injury, inflammation, and strains or sprains from repetitive use.

Common Shoulder Conditions that Cause Pain

Chiropractors are trained to perform chiropractic adjustments of the shoulder to help relieve pain and other symptoms associated with the following shoulder complaints.

  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder tendonitis

Typical Symptoms

Your symptoms may depend on the underlying issue, but may consist of pain lasting for days or weeks, shoulder instability, trouble raising the arm, or difficulty carrying objects. The pain may radiate to the neck, upper back, arm, hand. Other common symptoms are swelling, redness, or tenderness, bruising around the shoulder joint, or a popping sound when raising the arm. Numbness, tingling, or weakness may occur if a pinched nerve is involved.

Shoulder Pain Diagnosis and Treatment from Our Tualatin Chiropractor

Initial diagnostic exams usually include a range of motion and orthopedic tests. Imaging tests, such as a CT scan or MRI, are needed in some cases. Your treatment plan may include gentle shoulder adjustments (also called extremity adjustment) to reposition the shoulder bones and improve shoulder functions. A neck or upper back adjustment may provide relief if you're feeling referred pain from cervical or thoracic injury or misalignment.

Chiropractic adjustments are non-invasive and pain-free. The techniques used provide immediate relief in many instances. We also use massage therapy to speed up soft tissue healing. As part of a comprehensive approach to recovery and sustained health, we can provide guidance on nutrition, lifestyle changes, and rehabilitative exercises.

Important health benefits of seeing a chiropractor for pain in the shoulder include:

  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved sports performance
  • Improved muscle strength and tone

Schedule an Appointment at Davison Chiropractic

Davison Chiropractic is located in Tualatin, OR, and is accessible to patients from surrounding cities. Call 503-612-9981 today to schedule a visit to our clinic.