The shoulder joint is one of the most commonly dislocated joints in the entire body. The shoulder joint is supported by surrounding tendons, muscles, and ligaments that are susceptible to injury. Forward and backward movement in the shoulder is possible because of its versatility in various motions. This continuous movement of arms in any direction can cause too much friction, thus subjecting your shoulder joint to pain. Don’t let shoulder pain disrupt your daily life. Our team at SoCal Neck & Back Injury Center in Los Angeles is ready to help you live a pain-free life using our professional chiropractic services.

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Causes of Shoulder Pain

Dislocation of a shoulder happens when the humeral head is disconnected from its socket in the glenoid fossa forcefully. These dislocations can occur in three ways:

  • Anterior dislocation: This occurs when the humeral head has been moved in front of the joint in a vulnerable position. This injury can happen when hitting a volleyball.
  • Posterior dislocation: This occurs when the humeral head has been moved back towards the shoulder brain.
  • Inferior dislocation: This occurs below the joint. The humeral head gets stuck between the ribs.

Diagnosing Shoulder Pain

There are a few ways we can pinpoint the cause of your pain. We will perform a physical exam to check for tenderness and swelling. Our team will also assess your range of motion and check your joint stability. Our chiropractors will order an x-ray of your shoulder to determine if you have a fracture. An MRI will give us a clear picture of your soft tissue to determine if this is the source of your pain.

Common Types of Shoulder Pain

Bursae are small sacs filled with fluid near the joints. These sacs act as the cushion between movable parts in the joint to prevent bones, tendons, and muscles from rubbing together. Once the shoulder bursa is irritated, it becomes inflamed and increases in size. This inflammation called Bursitis creates less space in the shoulder, limiting tendon and muscle movement and causing pain and motion loss.

Frozen shoulder is a condition also known as adhesive capsulitis. A shoulder is comprised of bones, ligaments, and tendons, which are intertwined by interconnective tissue. When this interconnective tissue thickens and stretches, it restricts shoulder movement causing stiffness and pain.

A rotator cuff injury may result from a substantial injury or when the shoulder muscle tendons are compressed, causing pain. Undertaking a repetitive activity like lifting heavy objects can damage your tendons over a long period. Treatment such as resting, using ice, and physical therapy can help recover from rotator cliff tendonitis.

Contact Us for Shoulder Pain Treatment in Los Angeles

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, schedule an appointment with SoCal Spinal Decompression Center, Lee Chiropractic, Inc.. Our chiropractors at our Los Angeles location can create a treatment plan to relieve pain and improve your range of motion. We use implements like speeder boards, drop table pieces, and reflex-type hammer tools to mitigate shoulder pain. Contact us at (323) 375-5147 to see how we can get you back to a pain-free life.