Shoulder Pain

There are various forms of shoulder complaints.  Many of these injuries fall under the category of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome.  Such injuries can effect up to 35% of the adult population is often a recurrent problem.[1]

These Injuries can occur with repeated overhead activities, causing the structures between the humeral head and acromioclavicular joint to become compressed. However, these injuries are often are associated with neck and upper back dysfunctions.  It has been found that shoulder pain patients with restricted mobility in the cervical and thoracic spine have prolonged recovery times.[2] Through the use of cervical and thoracic mobilization/manipulation, pain has been shown to decrease in shoulder impingement patients. [3]-[4]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will allow the shoulder blade to properly glide along the rib cage and enhance shoulder mechanics to reduce pain.

 

 

 
References:
 

[1] McClatchie, L., Laprade, J., Martin, S., Jaglal, S. B., Richardson, D., & Agur, A. (2009). Mobilizations of the asymptomatic cervical spine can reduce signs of shoulder dysfunction in adults. Manual Therapy, 14(4), 369–374. doi:10.1016/j.math.2008.05.006

 

[2] Sobel JS, Winters JC, Groenier KH, Arendzen JH, Meyboom de-Jong B. Physical

examination of the cervical spine and shoulder girdle in patients with shoulder complaints. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1997;20: 257–62.

 

[3] McClatchie, L., Laprade, J., Martin, S., Jaglal, S. B., Richardson, D., & Agur, A. (2009). Mobilizations of the asymptomatic cervical spine can reduce signs of shoulder dysfunction in adults. Manual Therapy, 14(4), 369–374. doi:10.1016/j.math.2008.05.006

 

[4] Boyles RE et al. The short-term effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation on patients with shoulder impingement syndrome. Manual Therapy 2009; 14: 375-380.

Chiropractic can help improve the overall movement of the cervical and thoracic spine.

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