How To Diagnose And Treat Shoulder Pain


Have you ever had an ache, twinge, or pain that you have, over a period of time, wrote off as something to ignore? We all have had those annoying (sometimes debilitating) pains in our life. Some of them go away over time, and we quickly forget about the pain.
What do you do if the shoulder pain persists? Maybe the pain isn’t a result of bumping into a wall, or a bruise from playing basketball. Shoulder pain can be the result of many different types of injuries from bursitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, arthritis, tears, instability, and more. Many people do not associate their shoulder pain with their spine, but a misaligned cervical vertebra (the bones in your neck) can also be the source of your pain.
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Diagnosing the actual problem can be very tricky with a list of many different symptoms. In fact, if you are unsure of your diagnosis, it is extremely important to seek medical advice (not just WebMD) before jumping into any treatment. Misaligned vertebrae can mask themselves as other problems, such as tendonitis. This can easily be misdiagnosed by other health professionals, but your chiropractor takes a look at your overall health, taking away the main focus on just your shoulder. By looking at the big picture, a diagnosis of tendonitis could actually be two herniated cervical discs.
After diagnosing the source of your shoulder pain, your chiropractor, will suggest chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Dan Ribley and the Ribley Family Chiropractic team perform the chiropractic adjustments using safe, and gentle maneuvers to realign the vertebrae.
Whether you are a sports star, a musician, a house mom or dad, or even a business person at work, shoulder pain can effect us all. Make sure you do not put off treatment, even if it’s just an occasional “stinger.”
Have you ever dealt with shoulder pain that just wouldn’t go away? Leave a comment!