Shoulder pain is not something you want to ignore, or delay receiving treatment for. At SA Wellness Centre in Adelaide, our experienced chiropractors will first identify what’s causing your shoulder pain, before developing a personalised treatment plan to address the issue.
Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint, so if you are experiencing shoulder pain, you are not alone! In order to identify what’s causing the pain, timely assessment is important – especially if a specialist referral is required.
At SA Wellness Centre, we typically start by conducting a thorough consultation regarding previous injuries or other factors that could play a role in your shoulder pain, followed by an in-depth examination to best ascertain the origin of your pain. From here, we can develop a personalised treatment plan to manage the pain and address the issue.
Another cause of shoulder pain is “frozen shoulder” (also known as adhesive capsulitis), which is a painful condition where movement in the shoulder becomes increasingly limited as the shoulder joint’s surrounding connective tissue thickens and stiffens over time.
The more inflamed the area gets, the more painful it becomes, and the less we are likely to move the shoulder. Of course, this only leads to further “freezing” as the tissue in the immobile shoulder joint thickens and stiffens even more. Eventually, the shoulder joint starts to loosen, and slowly returns to normal. This whole process usually takes one to three years.
Frozen shoulder is often helped by treatment techniques such as gentle stretching and mobilisation exercises. Other therapies may also decrease pain and stiffness, such as hydrodilatation (stretching the joint by injecting saline), anti-inflammatory medications, and numerous other options.
While shoulder pain is commonly caused by sports or overuse injuries, things like long hours at a desk, poor posture or an incorrect work desk setup can also lead to shoulder pain.
At SA Wellness Centre, we regularly work with patients experiencing shoulder pain. Diagnosing the root cause of the problem allows us to provide a tailored treatment plan at our state-of-the-art Adelaide clinic.
The initial consultation is an opportunity for us to gain a clear understanding of your condition, which includes taking a history to identify current symptoms and/or injury, past trauma and other potential contributing factors.
From here, we conduct a physical examination of your shoulder, using various orthopaedic tests to determine the cause and extent of your condition, and the best approach to addressing the issue. X-rays and/or ultrasound imaging may be required for further information, and a referral will be arranged accordingly.