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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Treatment at Zaker Chiropractic

Animation of a young man holding his shoulder due to pain

Shoulder pain is rarely an isolated symptom, and you need a treatment plan that targets the source of your pain to encourage healing and provide relief. At Zaker Chiropractic, our complete wellness team includes chiropractors, rehabilitation specialists, personal trainers and physical therapists who work together to diagnose and treat the source of shoulder pain and other symptoms using a variety of non-surgical, non-invasive treatment therapies tailored for your specific needs.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Whether your pain is caused by a shoulder injury, an injury elsewhere in the body, or a chronic condition, we will get to the bottom of your symptoms to personalize an effective treatment plan. If you have sudden or chronic shoulder pain, we will examine your spine, elbow, and wrist in addition to your shoulders to figure out where and how your injury affects you. Here are some of the most common causes of shoulder pain we see at our 3 sports rehab facilities in TorranceSan Pedro and Newport Beach:

Sports Injuries

Many athletes use their shoulders for rigorous, repetitive movements that put added stress on the tissue and bones, and over time, this may cause inflammation or deterioration in the shoulders. Throwing, catching, swimming, and hitting is all activities that carry risks of a repetitive shoulder injury. Of course, sudden movements during competition or practice can also cause over-rotation, bruise, tear, and other sudden injuries.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the cartilage, crucial tissue that's responsible for protecting and lubricating your shoulder joints (and other joints in your body). If your shoulder cartilage is worn down, your shoulder bones may rub together, resulting in swelling, pain, and weakness.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Sports injuries aren't the only acute and repetitive injuries that damage the soft tissue in the shoulder. The muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your shoulder are easy to sprain or strain, and poor posture or lack of support will cause gradual injuries just as painful as sudden sprains. Poor sleeping positions, constant smartphone use, and poor posture or ergonomics at work can all cause injury to the shoulder tissue.

Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff tear is a common but painful injury that may weaken your upper arms and shoulders, leading to serious mobility loss in addition to shoulder pain. Torn rotator cuffs are common in many sports and workplaces because the tendons in your shoulders require proper stabilization and can only sustain so much force before tearing. Our rotator cuff injury treatment options range from chiropractic care and stem cell therapy for partial tears, to shoulder surgery for complete tears.

Chiropractic Care and Sports Rehab Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Is shoulder pain interfering with your quality of life? We offer a variety of shoulder pain treatment options and modalities at Zaker Chiropractic. Our pain management and treatment techniques are designed to suit each individual patient, so your treatment and therapy regimen will reflect your unique needs, symptoms, and lifestyle. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get started on your journey to shoulder pain relief.


Frozen Shoulder

Chiropractor adjusting female patient's frozen shoulder

One of the most common reasons why individuals seek the care of a medical provider is due to pain. Pain can show up anywhere in the body and can cause serious quality of life issues. Some of the most common locations that people feel pain include the back, knees, and shoulder. When someone experiences pain in the shoulder, this might be due to something called a frozen shoulder. It is important for everyone to understand the basics of a frozen shoulder so that they can seek appropriate medical care, such as that of a chiropractor.

What is a Frozen Shoulder?

Adhesive Capsulitis is the medical term used to describe a frozen shoulder. In this condition, people experience stiffness and pain in the shoulder. People who develop this condition will notice the symptoms start to develop over time. The symptoms may gradually worsen over a period of a year or more before people finally seek the care of a frozen shoulder doctor. When someone develops this condition, they might find it hard to raise their arm over their head, lift heavy objects, or even complete work around the house.

Some of the most common times that people develop this condition is when they are recovering from a systemic illness or surgical procedure on their shoulder. Often, the arm has been immobilized by the procedure and they are unable to use their shoulder. This leads to the stiffness and discomfort that characterizes this illness. When someone goes without using their shoulder for a prolonged period of time, the capsule around the shoulder will begin to thicken. This will restrict the movement of the shoulder joint, leading to pain and discomfort. Some of the most common times during which someone might develop this condition include following a surgical procedure for a broken arm, battling a systemic illness such as diabetes, or following an operation for a rotator cuff injury. 

How do Chiropractors Treat a Frozen Shoulder?

Young man talking to his doctor about his shoulder pain

When someone visits a chiropractor for a frozen shoulder, the first step is to take a complete medical history. The doctor will want to know about the symptoms, when they developed, and how they impact someone's quality of life. Then, the doctor will perform a complete physical exam to see just how severe the restriction is. The doctor will move the shoulder around, testing its strength and flexibility.

The doctor is going to measure the baseline range of motion of the shoulder so that any improvements in its flexibility can be tracked over time. Then, the chiropractor is going to work with the individual to develop a comprehensive rehabilitation program. This is going to include regular appointments in the office to monitor improvements along with range of motion exercises that the patient can do at home. These exercises will be important for strengthening the shoulder, restoring its range of motion back to its baseline. While this program may take a few months, it can help keep someone from having surgery to correct this condition. It may also prevent someone from having to take a bunch of medications that have serious side effects.

Why Choose a Chiropractor Before Anything Else

When someone suffers from a chronic medical condition, such as a frozen shoulder, it is important to trust a chiropractor before any other type of medical provider. First, a chiropractor is going to work hard to get to the root of someone's medical problem. While other providers only treat the symptoms that are present on the surface, a chiropractor is going to make sure that the cause is addressed. This will not only treat the condition but also prevent it from coming back.

In addition, a chiropractor will take a comprehensive treatment approach when it comes to frozen shoulder treatment and other medical conditions. This broad approach can help someone recover in a complete manner while avoiding the dangerous side effects of prescription medications and surgical procedures. This comprehensive, well-rounded approach has already helped countless people recover from serious medical conditions. 

Rely on an Experienced Frozen Shoulder Doctor

Those who are looking for a friendly and experienced chiropractor in the Torrance, San Pedro, and/or Newport, CA areas should call us today to learn more. At Zaker Chiropractic, our providers consistently place the needs of our patients first. This allows us to provide the most appropriate care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our commitment to our patients can be seen through our patient testimonials on Yelp. Contact us at (424) 235-1562 today to learn more!

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2583 E Pacific Coast Hwy, 
Torrance, CA 90505
424-235-1562
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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29050 S Western Ave Ste 152, 
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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