Did you know that 1 out of every 10 people in the USA suffers from chronic shoulder pain? That’s according to the World Health Organization estimated that 9 percent of all adults in the USA suffer a form of shoulder pain. Symptoms of pain in the shoulder can be complex. Adjacent body regions that include the neck and mid-back can radiate or refer pain to the shoulder region.
The importance of a thorough examination of the shoulder is the foundation of identifying the source of the pain. There are many joints that make up the shoulder complex such as Acromioclavicular (A/C), Sternoclavicular (S/C). Glenohumeral, and scapulothoracic. The joints and their ligaments/capsules can be injured leading to pain complaints in this region. Many muscles that make up the shoulder complex provide both stability and mobility, and when there is a lack of balance in these muscles it can lead to a pain symptom. Common diagnoses associated with shoulder pain include Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy/tendinosis, A/C sprain, Impingement Syndrome, Labral injuries, and Tears and Frozen Shoulder. Most of these injuries can be managed conservatively with Chiropractic Manual therapy and corrective exercises.