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Shoulder Pain: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Your shoulder is the most movable joint of all the joints in your body. The rotator cuff — four muscles plus their tendons — gives the shoulder its rotating capabilities. Sports injuries, accidents, and various health conditions can all cause shoulder pain. Sometimes, you might not know what’s causing your shoulder pain. At Milam Chiropractic & Sports Therapy in Tustin, CA, we will diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain and provide treatment to get you back to normal life again. Read on to learn more about shoulder pain, including causes, diagnosis, and available treatments.

Shoulder Pain

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Several factors can contribute to shoulder pain. Below are some common causes:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Swollen bursa sacs
  • Torn cartilage
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Poor shoulder posture and mechanics

Shoulder Pain Diagnosis

When you have persistent or severe shoulder pain, your first step should be to visit a chiropractor. Your chiropractor will conduct a physical exam to determine the cause of your shoulder pain before administering treatment. The exam might include gently moving your shoulder to assess stability. Your chiropractor might ask for your medical history to help determine the cause of your pain, as well as a few questions regarding the pain.

When to Seek Professional Help

Some shoulder pain goes away after a massage or over-the-counter painkillers. However, more severe shoulder pain will need professional treatment. For example, if you can’t move your shoulder due to extreme pain or if your pain is related to an injury, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor immediately. If your pain is accompanied by difficulty breathing or blood, visit the emergency room immediately, as these are signs of a serious, underlying condition.

Shoulder Pain Treatment

Depending on the cause of your shoulder pain, your chiropractor might recommend a series of chiropractic adjustments to realign your shoulder and spine, along with soft tissue approaches, physical therapy, or massage. At Milam Chiropractic & Sports Therapy, we blend techniques to offer the best treatment option for your specific needs.

Contact Our Chiropractor for Shoulder Pain Relief in Tustin

Do you need relief from your recurrent shoulder pain? Contact Milam Chiropractic & Sports Therapy in Tustin, CA, at (714) 731-9355 for diagnosis and treatment using modern techniques that fit your unique needs.


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