When you hear the word 'chiropractor', what typically comes to mind?
Many people don’t often associate chiropractic care with shoulder pain.
However, chiropractic care can be one of the most effective ways of shoulder treatment! This is especially true at Elite Spine Centres Singapore, with our unique system of care and treatment options available.
We rehabilitate patients with all types of shoulder instability and injuries with our various treatments and lifestyle advice, including those with frozen shoulder.
Causes Of Shoulder Pain
The root causes of shoulder pain can be complex and often involve several overlapping factors. Usually, the source is irritation or damage to soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) in or around the shoulder complex. Without diagnosis or treatment of the root causes, severe pain and stiffness may persist.
We also consider oft-overlooked stressors to the shoulder like joint restrictions and nerve irritation that lead to soft tissue imbalances.
To treat your shoulder problem, our well-trained chiropractors will utilise therapies to the soft tissues and manipulation to the shoulder complex or spine as needed.
We examine the shoulder area by
- Looking out for any fibrous scar tissue
- Examining the rotator cuff muscles to test your shoulder movement and muscle strength
- Checking the surrounding spinal mechanics to see if it is also affecting the shoulder complex
These tests will help us understand the severity of your pain, and thus determine the best treatment plans suited to your specific condition.
Chiropractic Care For Shoulder Pain Treatment
Like any other pain condition, the sooner appropriate care is given, the quicker it will disappear and the faster the patient can get back to their daily routine. But, more importantly, the sooner appropriate care and guidance are sought, the less likely it is for patients to develop recurrent or chronic problems, which could result in partial disability.
Those who are unsure of the cause of their shoulder pain should pay their doctor of chiropractic in Singapore a visit right away! Some signs that shoulder treatments may be needed include:
- Shoulder pain that has persisted for a few days or more
- Reduced range of motion of the arm or shoulder
- Limited range of motion of the neck or upper back
- Recurring shoulder pain
- Shoulder pain that occurs during the night or even while at rest
- Inability or difficulty raising the arm
- Bruising or swelling around the arm or joint
- Significant rounding of the shoulders or poor posture
- A prior shoulder injury that has worsened over time
Common Types Of Shoulder Conditions
- Back of Shoulder Pain
- Sprains (ligaments) and strains (muscles and tendons)
- Radiating pain from the cervical (neck) region
- Shoulder bursitis
- Rotator cuff injury
- Arm Numbness
- Frozen shoulder
Pain at the back of the shoulder is one of the most common complaints we see outside of the spine at our clinic. The shoulder is an extremely mobile joint in the body, and therefore it is more vulnerable to injury and build-up of problems over time.
Muscle imbalances and tendinitis are two prevalent reasons our patients experience pain in the back of the shoulder.
Often, these patients may have seen their GP before setting an appointment with Elite Spine Centres. However, an X-ray would come back normal, not showing any significant shoulder injuries or degeneration.
At Elite Spine Centres, we consider multiple potential causes for your condition to properly diagnose and treat pain at the back of the shoulder or surrounding areas. Also, we must take into account spinal alignment and mobility of the surrounding regions.
Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder can be an excruciating condition, and it may require a combination of treatment options to address the problem entirely. As a result, more and more people seek proper chiropractic care as a critical component of their frozen shoulder rehabilitation.
Even typical activities like brushing your hair or putting on a shirt can become an ordeal for people with a frozen shoulder. Other cases can also result in sleep disturbance and insomnia. Without proper chiropractic care and intervention, frozen shoulder pain can last for many months or even years in some cases.
For more information on frozen shoulder, refer to this page.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder.
A rotator cuff injury typically presents as a dull ache in the shoulder.
These injuries can surface in a couple of common ways, one as a rotator cuff impingement or a rotator cuff tear. Both of which could arise from injury or result from gradual wear and tear from day-to-day activities or sports. A rotator cuff tear is common among labour workers or anyone who performs frequent overhead motions.
Rotator cuff tendinitis is another condition caused by irritated or damaged rotator cuff tendons, resulting in pain and swelling. Also known as tendinosis, this condition occurs once the pain and inflammation become chronic.
Mild symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include
- minor pain during activity and at rest
- sudden pain when lifting or reaching for things
- pain when performing an overhead motion from sports
- pain at night
- loss of strength and motion
Without physical examination and treatment to relieve pain, the symptoms may get progressively worse.
Seeking help from a physiotherapist or chiropractic doctor can help strengthen the muscles in the back of the shoulder and around the shoulder blade to optimise shoulder muscle balance.
In Singapore, physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment are non-invasive alternatives that can help restore shoulder function, relieve pain, and more! All without invasive measures like shoulder surgery.
Tendinitis refers to the inflammation or irritation of a tendon in your shoulder.
This condition ranges from mild inflammation to severe inflammation of your rotator cuff, with symptoms such as
- pain and tenderness in your shoulder
- inability to hold your arm in certain positions
- limited shoulder movement
If left untreated, shoulder tendinitis may result in further complications such as
- pain that interrupts sleep
- loss of strength in the affected arm
- difficulty performing daily activities that require overhead motions.
Therefore, it's essential to seek shoulder treatment for pain relief and mobility restoration as soon as possible.
Chiropractic Treatments Singapore For Shoulder Pain
Treatment of shoulder pain will depend primarily on the cause(s) of the problem.
That being said, your chiropractor must assess and evaluate the problem accurately first before any treatment can commence.
Whatever kind of shoulder pain you may be experiencing, our chiropractors will take the time necessary to
- explain the causes of your concerns
- provide more detailed information
- educate you about your condition
Most importantly, your doctor of chiropractic will create a customised treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Shoulder problems typically do not need surgery to resolve unless the case is too severe or degenerated for a conservative approach.
In some cases, the problem may be in the joints or tissues of the cervical spine, which may cause inflammation around the nerve roots. Therefore, those areas are examined carefully to ensure that every possible factor is taken into account.
Commonly, the small muscles of the rotator cuff may be damaged, inflamed, or imbalanced. Additionally, other muscles which may often be involved with shoulder pains are the subscapularis located on the inside of the shoulder blade or even the triceps of the upper arm. These conditions cause stiffness and movement limitations in the shoulders, arms, neck and head as they are interconnected by the cervical spine and nervous system.
To ensure your diagnosis and treatment plan is as accurate and efficient as possible, do inform your chiropractor of your past medical history and bring any medical reports, medical reports, X-rays, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on your visit.
As soon as an accurate diagnosis has been made, the patient will then begin to undergo shoulder treatments to help resolve the mobility issues and treat the causes of the pain.
Most patients experience significant pain relief after the first session. Regardless, the best way to ensure the pain and underlying problems are resolved is to adhere to your treatment plan. This may look like a short series of chiropractic adjustments and other therapies.
Patients who take the time to fix their pain and fully resolve the underlying problems in the spine, joints, nerves, muscles and surrounding tissues will have the greatest chance of long term recovery and relief.
Pain-free shoulders can be your reality.
Thankfully, our well-trained chiropractors at Elite Spine are highly versed in a range of interventions for effective shoulder pain relief and treatment.
Our comprehensive treatment plan includes a range of effective therapies alongside reviewing potential lifestyle triggers which may be causing or aggravating your pain. Thus, we can provide a long-term solution with expert techniques that effectively release tension and stress build-up to restore the proper biomechanics to your shoulder joints and soft tissues.
Just imagine - shoulders with no pain and full mobility.
Sounds like a dream?
It doesn't have to be.
Contact Elite Spine Centres today!
Whether you're suffering from a frozen shoulder, a shoulder injury, or just want to seek pain relief for stiffness in your neck or shoulders and improve the movement of your shoulder joint, chiropractic care can help you feel better quickly and efficiently.
By using the right combination of physiotherapy/rehabilitation and chiropractic techniques, our chiropractors at Elite Spine Centres are equipped to restore your health to its optimum condition as soon as possible.