Did you know that 1 out of every 10 people in the USA suffer 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 its 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 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.