Shoulder Pain Treatment2020-10-01T09:53:36-04:00

Shoulder Pain

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Suffering From Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is a common complaint that can stem from a wide variety of issues due to the complexity of your shoulder joint. When healthy, your shoulders have the fullest range of motion of all the joints in your body and can also cause you a lot of pain & limit mobility when something goes awry.

Here at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, we take an integrative approach to treat a wide range of issues. We specialize in delivering lasting relief by treating the root cause of your issues and pain.

Shoulder Pain Relief

Like any other pain condition, the sooner you get appropriate care the quicker the pain will go and allow you to go back to normal activities. More importantly, the sooner you get appropriate care, the less likely you are to get a recurrent and chronic problem.

If you are unsure of the cause of your shoulder pain, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek Chiropractic help. Treatment of these conditions must be directed at the specific cause of your problem to be effective.

Signs That You Should Seek Treatment:

  • Shoulder pain that persists beyond a few days
  • Recurring shoulder pain, even if it has a history of settling on its own
  • Inability to carry objects or use the arm
  • Injury that causes deformity of the joint
  • Shoulder pain that occurs at night or while resting
  • Inability to raise the arm
  • Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or arm
  • Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth or swelling


Chiropractic treatment has long been the leading natural and non-invasive approach to treating chronic spinal pain conditions. The field of chiropractic medicine continues to progress and our clinic specializes in using the best combination of chiropractic care with spinal rehabilitative exercises for pain management and pain relief.

Our chiropractic services work by relieving the tension or inflammation to the delicate nerves of the spine. This irritation to spinal nerves is the chief cause of spinal pain.

Improve Mobility & Flexibility

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a grandparent who enjoys being active with the grandchildren, mobility and flexibility can mean enjoying your favorite activity instead of being inhibited by your pain or injury.

Rather than simply finding ways around the problem or turning to drugs that can mask the underlying cause entirely, our board-certified providers approach your problem from every angle, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to restoring your quality of life.

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What causes shoulder pain?2019-01-23T18:04:37-05:00

Shoulder pain is a common complaint that can stem from a wide variety of issues due to the complexity of your shoulder joint.

Your shoulder includes three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula) and collarbone (clavicle). The head of your upper arm bone fits into a shallow, rounded socket on your shoulder blade that’s called the glenoid. A combination of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff cover your upper arm and attach it to your shoulder blade.

Your shoulder pain may be due to:

  • Tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendinitis) or a rotator cuff tear
  • Instability in the joint due to wear and tear on the tendons and muscles of the shoulder, which can eventually result in dislocation
  • Arthritis, most commonly osteoarthritis, which causes degenerative changes in the joint due to aging or repetitive activities such as throwing a baseball
  • Fracture (broken bone) involving the collarbone, upper arm bone, or shoulder blade that may result from a relatively minor fall if you’re an older adult
How can you tell what’s causing my shoulder pain?2019-01-23T18:15:12-05:00

Sometimes the cause of your shoulder pain is revealed via a detailed discussion of your symptoms and a comprehensive exam that includes shoulder range of motion and strength testing. During the exam, your provider will check for physical abnormalities, swelling, and tender areas.

Your provider may recommend specific diagnostic tests such as X-rays to check for injuries to the bones of your shoulder joint or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify damage to the ligaments and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint, such as a rotator cuff tear.

What is the treatment for shoulder pain?2019-01-23T18:25:16-05:00

Treatment for shoulder pain typically includes:

  • Rest from activities that are causing your pain
  • Physical therapy to help improve shoulder strength, range of motion, and flexibility
  • Oral medications for inflammation and pain
  • Non-Steroidal injections to reduce inflammation in the shoulder joint

Although your provider may recommend you moderate activities such as exercise and sports to rest your shoulder, it’s important that you continue the range-of-motion or flexibility exercises as prescribed to prevent a painful condition called frozen shoulder.

Shoulder Pain Treatment

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