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By Scott Shaw, DC
July 02, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

No matter which way you sleep or turn your head when you're driving, you're in pain. Your left shoulder will not quiet down, and you don't Shoulder Painwant to take oral pain meds indefinitely. At Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, your chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw, loves freeing his patients from the discomforts of rotator cuff problems. Amazingly, they're often unrelated to acute injury! Learn more here.


Basic shoulder anatomy

Your shoulder is an amazing body part—composed of the upper portion of your arm bone (the humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula), your shoulder rotates through a wide range of motion. It's supported and held together by bands of muscle and connective tissue called the rotator cuff.


Shoulder pain and other symptoms

Common to athletes that participate in high impact sports, rotator cuff problems come from sudden, acute injuries, as well as from overuse, arthritis, tendinitis, and gout.

However, besides these well-known issues, shoulder pain also may originate in cervical spine misalignments. In other words, the vertebrae in your neck may be deteriorating, pinching nerves or lacking the cushioning provided by healthy intervertebral discs. As such, pain starting in the neck can radiate to the shoulders, causing muscular spasms, soreness, and impaired function.


Getting evaluation and treatment

Your Richmond chiropractor is an avid athlete himself. As such, he dedicates his chiropractic practice to relief of pain and optimization of function. If you have persistent shoulder pain, Dr. Shaw can help.

When you come to Shaw Chiropractic Center for evaluation of your shoulder pain, expect a complete chiropractic evaluation. During this examination, your doctor will look for spinal subluxations, or areas of vertebral misalignments. He also may take X-rays, CT scans, or an MRI as needed.

Many times, shoulder pain responds very well to spinal adjustments and to common sense strategies such as:

  • Massage therapy to improve muscular function and relax soft tissues
  • Rest and ice or heat
  • Better ergonomics (posture exercises and aligning the ears with both shoulders, reports LiveStrong)
  • Acupuncture
  • Cold laser therapy (low-level light therapy which creates no sensation of heat)


Don't you feel better?

Take that hurting left shoulder to Shaw Chiropractor Center's Richmond Office. Dr. Shaw will come up with a care plan which makes pain a thing of the past. Call (804) 741-3068 to schedule your appointment.

Scott Shaw, DC
Dr. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Florida and Life Chiropractic College. He has completed post graduate studies specializing in the Activator Methods chiropractic technique.

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