Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain
Pain in the shoulder can be the result of many different reasons, but most often it is a symptom of a misalignment in the cervical (neck) spine. Dr. Matt at DiLorenzo Chiropractic, PC can help relieve shoulder pain for patients in and around Leesburg, Virginia.

Shoulder Pain FAQ's

by Matthew DiLorenzo, DC

What can cause shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of multiple muscles and tendons. This type of joint allows for a wide range of movement in the shoulder area but can also be the reason behind the injury. If a repetitive motion injury is present, it can cause pain and tightness throughout the shoulder. Sudden injuries, strains and sprains, instability, dislocations, frozen shoulder, and pinched nerves can limit your range of motion and cause weakness and stiffness in the shoulder and arm. Shoulder pain starts in the neck. The neck and shoulders are interconnected in such a way that anything that affects one will affect the other. Shoulder pain is often “referred pain,” meaning that it originates somewhere else.  A vertebral subluxation is a misaligned spinal bone, and that’s where forward head posture can begin. The subluxation causes the neck’s natural forward curve to diminish, which results in the head being carried in front of the shoulders. The weight of the head creates tension in the joints of the cervical spine and places mechanical stress on the shoulder girdle. Over time, the joints are subjected to excessive wear and tear.  

How is shoulder pain treated?

After a thorough examination, x-rays may be necessary to diagnosis the cause of your symptoms. Dr. Matt will show you and explain the x-ray results and give you his recommendation which includes:  options to promote healing. They can include any of the following:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Rest
  • Strengthening exercises and stretches

How long will it take before I experience relief?

Pain relief is dependent on the nature of your shoulder pain and the underlying cause. To get back to full capacity, a number of factors will come into play such as the severity of the injury, the length of time you’ve had it, and any ongoing health conditions that could prevent you from healing quickly.

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