Do many people wonder if a chiropractor can help with shoulder pain? A common complaint with many causes, shoulder pain can keep you from performing your daily tasks. Find a chiropractor for shoulder pain as soon as you feel the condition begins so that it does not develop into a chronic problem. Just like any other pain condition, the sooner you get the appropriate care, the quicker you will be able to return to your normal activities.
Here are some signs that you should not ignore:
- A recurring pain that persists more than a few days
- Inability to use the arm
- An injury that causes deformity of the joint
- Shoulder pain while resting or sleeping
- Swelling or bruising around the joint
- Signs of an infection, fever, redness, warmth
So what can a chiropractor do to help with shoulder pain? Because the appropriate treatment for your shoulder pain depends on the cause, not all types of treatments may be right for you. Your chiropractor will diagnose and find the cause of your pain in order to prescribe the correct treatment for your unique situation:
Here are some typical chiropractic treatments that may be recommended:
- Rest: Rest the joint and allow any acute inflammation to subside.
- Ice and Heat: Ice treatment is most commonly used for acute injuries to help minimize swelling around the injury, reduce bleeding into the tissues, and reduce muscle spasm and pain. Heat treatment should be used for chronic conditions to help relax and loosen tissues and muscles and to stimulate blood flow to the area.
- Stretching and Exercise: Stretching and rehabilitation exercises of the muscles and tendons that surround the joint can help with the causes of pain.
- Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications are commonly prescribed for shoulder pain caused by arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. Be aware of any possible side-effects.
- Cortisone injections: Cortisone is a medication used to treat inflammation, a common problem with shoulder pain.
Remember: Any of the above treatments should only be used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment so that any adverse side effects can be prevented!
Wondering about how can a chiropractor help with shoulder pain? Call one of our convenient offices of McKim Chiropractic for more information and to schedule a consultation. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, achieve chiropractic wellness!