Constant Shoulder Pain

Constant Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is characterized by discomfort in the true shoulder joint located where the arm meets the body. Pain can present in many ways and affect a variety of activities of daily living. Causes of shoulder pain may include rotator cuff injuries, joint and ligament sprains, and muscle strains. These types of injuries can be caused by one event such as a car accident, sports injury, or falling on the arm. Repetitive motions that cause a gradual wearing of tendons and ligaments are another common cause of shoulder discomfort. Repetitive overuse injuries are caused by repetitive computer work, manual labor (digging, hammering, and lifting), throwing motions (baseball, softball, javelin), swinging motions (tennis or golf), and home activities (painting, yard work, cooking, house chores, or walking the family pet). Chiropractic care has been shown to be very beneficial at not only alleviating the pain or discomfort, but also creating a more balanced system to re-strengthen and rehabilitate. Chiropractic treatment many times includes joint mobilization, heat or ice, myofascial (massage) techniques, rehabilitation exercises and postural retraining.

Dr. Karis Cooper, a two-time NCAA All-American javelin thrower, underwent two shoulder surgeries during her throwing career at the University of Oregon. As a result of the injuries she sustained and the rehabilitation required to pursue a career as a Chiropractor, she has had first-hand experience as both a patient suffering from shoulder pain and a physician treating shoulder injuries. It was through Chiropractic care that she was able to successfully finish her throwing career at the University of Oregon.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this information is only for general knowledge; it is not to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.