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By Shaw Chiropractic Center
March 11, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Are you suffering from shoulder pain? If your pain doesn't improve after a little TLC at home, it's a good idea to pay a visit to your Richmond, VA, chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center.

Treating shoulder pain at home

When pain strikes, ice can relieve pain and inflammation naturally. Use an ice pack for the first one to two days after the pain starts. Keep the ice pack on your shoulder for no more than 20 minutes at a time, and wait another 20 minutes to reapply it to prevent frostbite.

After two days, start using a hot water bottle or heating pad on your shoulder instead of ice. Heat increases blood flow to your shoulder, improves your range of motion, and reduces pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms.

When to call the chiropractor

Waiting too long to receive professional treatment for a shoulder injury may increase your risk of chronic pain and limited movement. If your pain doesn't lessen after a week or two, pick up the phone and call the Richmond, VA, chiropractic office. Don't wait a week to call if your shoulder is swollen or bruised, or it's difficult to raise or use your arm.

Chiropractors treat many types of shoulder injuries, including those caused by:

  • Dislocations or instability in the shoulder joint
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Spinal misalignment
  • Biceps tendon ruptures
  • Tears in the cartilage that helps keep your arm in your shoulder socket
  • Rotator cuff tears

During your appointment, your chiropractor will examine your shoulder, discuss your symptoms and your medical history, and might recommend diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans.

Treatment depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. Massage therapy may be used to loosen tight muscles and break apart scar tissue that could limit your range of motion.

Joint mobilization or adjustments may also be used to improve the mobility and alignment of your spine and shoulder joint.

Relieve your shoulder pain with chiropractic care! Call your chiropractor in Richmond, VA, Dr. Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center at (804) 741-3068 to schedule your appointment.

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.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
December 29, 2017
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Millions of people seek treatment for shoulder problems every year. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, rotator shoulder paincuff injuries are among the most common causes of pain and inflammation in the shoulder. Dr. Scott Shaw, a chiropractor in Richmond, VA, offers a number of treatment options for shoulder pain and other orthopedic conditions and injuries.

Shoulder Pain and Injury Treatment in Richmond, VA

As one of the most mobile joints in the body, the shoulder is especially susceptible to inflammation, strains and overuse injuries. The most common causes of shoulder pain, stiffness, and mobility issues are:

Bursitis - inflammation of the bursa, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the space between the bones and soft tissue in the shoulder joint

Tendinitis - inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles and bones in the shoulder. Tendinitis is common among athletes and active individuals and is also commonly referred to by names like pitcher's or swimmer's shoulder. The sports and activities that most commonly lead to tendinitis and shoulder pain include:

  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Tennis
  • Running

Shoulder pain can also result from repetitive or twisting motions that strain the shoulder joint over time. Along with sports, occupational and workplace injuries are among the most common causes of shoulder injuries.

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Relieve Shoulder Pain

Although some rotator cuff injuries may require surgery, it is generally considered a last resort in cases where previous conservative treatments have failed. The first step in treating shoulder pain is to accurately diagnose the source of the pain (subluxation, rotator cuff injury, bursitis). Depending on the source and severity of the pain, chiropractic treatments for shoulder pain may include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Manual manipulation
  • Ice/heat
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrotherapy
  • Physical rehabilitation

Find a Chiropractor in Richmond, VA

For more information about chiropractic treatment options for pain caused by rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries, contact Shaw Chiropractic Center by calling (804) 741-3068 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaw today.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
October 24, 2016
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Find out what might be behind your shoulder pain and what chiropractic care in Richmond can do to help.

Are you suddenly noticing shoulder pain when doing your daily set of push-ups? Does carrying groceries into the house Shoulder Painaggravate your pain? Does your shoulder pain wake you up at night? If you are noticing problems with your shoulder, this is something you need to address right away. Luckily our Richmond, VA., chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw, can provide treatments to reduce your symptoms and improve your shoulder’s health.

What is causing my shoulder pain?

When it comes to shoulder issues, there are four major issues to consider:

  • A broken bone
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis or bursitis (inflammation)
  • Instability

It’s much less common for an infection, nerve problems or a tumor to cause shoulder pain.

When should I turn to a Richmond, VA., chiropractic specialist?

When it comes to pain, the sooner you seek treatment the better. If you are unsure what might be causing your shoulder pain, then it’s time to seek chiropractic help. It’s time to visit us if you are dealing with:

  • Shoulder pain that’s lasted a few days
  • Recurrent shoulder pain
  • Trouble carrying objects
  • Shoulder pain at rest or while sleeping
  • Trouble raising up the affected arm
  • Swelling or bruising of the arm or shoulder joint
  • Fever, redness or swelling (all signs of infection)

How will a chiropractor treat my shoulder pain?

Your treatment plan will be based on the cause of your pain. We will need to provide a proper diagnosis before we can decide which treatments to use. There are some lifestyle changes that we may recommend you adopt to reduce your pain including ergonomic changes to your workplace, special exercises you can perform to strengthen the shoulder, taking time to rest the shoulder, etc. As a chiropractor, we can also provide manual adjustments, in which we shift the joints back into their proper alignment to improve mobility and reduce symptoms.

You don’t have to just live with shoulder pain. Even if your general doctor hasn’t found a treatment that works best for you, our Richmond, VA., chiropractic specialist, Dr. Shaw, may be able to provide you with the pain relief you so desperately need. Call Shaw Chiropractic Center today at (804) 741-3068.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
April 15, 2016
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

How your Richmond chiropractor can help with shoulder pain

Your shoulder is a very complex area of your body with joints, tendons and muscles all designed to provide a wide range of motion. But shoulder painthe complexity of your shoulder can lead to injury and irritation causing pain. Shoulder pain is common, especially if you play baseball. You don’t want to be sidelined this season by annoying shoulder pain when help is just a phone call away. Dr. Scott Shaw, your chiropractor at Shaw Chiropractic Center, in Richmond, Virginia, wants you to know all about shoulder pain.

Shoulder pain can be sports related, but it can also be the result of an accident or trauma, bursitis, tendonitis, muscle spasm or a pinched nerve. Shoulder pain can also be a signal of bone degeneration and arthritis. Whatever the reason for your shoulder pain there are some home remedies Dr. Shaw wants you to try such as:

  • Icing your shoulder
  • Applying moist heat to your shoulder
  • Stretching exercises
  • Over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications

If your pain is severe, and none of the home remedies give you relief, it’s time to visit your chiropractor, Dr. Shaw. He will try to control your pain and inflammation first. Some of the treatments he may use include electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound technology and targeted heat and ice therapy.

As your pain and inflammation get under control, Dr. Shaw will try massage and gentle adjustments to improve the range of motion in your shoulder. The goal is to try and relax the muscles and tendons so you can move freely. Massage also helps to break up any scar tissue which might be restricting movement.

Once your shoulder can move more freely and you feel minimal pain, Dr. Shaw will help you with some exercises to strengthen your rotator cuff and muscles in your shoulder. He may need from six to eight weeks to get your shoulder back to moving freely and painlessly.

So don’t let your shoulder pain keep you from doing activities you enjoy. Ignoring shoulder pain may turn it into a more serious problem. If you have shoulder pain, don’t try to handle it alone. Call Dr. Shaw, your chiropractor at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, Virginia. He can help you and your shoulder, so call today!

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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