Shoulder Pain Relief in Pittsburgh
Shoulder pain is tough. It has the potential to keep you from doing such things as playing tennis, golf, or catch with your kids. It can also hold you back from being able to exercise or go swimming. Regardless if the issue came from an older injury, a rotator cuff tear, arthritis, or frozen shoulder, we want to decrease your pain, restore your range of motion and improve function.
At Chronic Conditions Center, we have all-natural pain relief options for anyone in the Pittsburgh area with shoulder pain. Many people, they’ve only been given the options of steroids, opioids, or surgery. You now have another option and one that does not use toxic drugs or risky, invasive surgery.
If you have should pain and have not gotten the results you need, you may want to check out chiropractic care. When it comes to helping people overcome shoulder pain, Dr. Kevin Smith is the person to see. He is an expert in helping shoulder problems.
Shoulder Pain Has A Variety of Causes
Shoulder pain can have a variety of causes, so finding lasting relief depends on getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment for the root problem. Our Pittsburgh chiropractor, Dr. Kevin Smith has been able to resolve most cases of shoulder pain with a combination of chiropractic care and various types of therapies (including laser, pulse wave and rehabilitation).
Rotator Cuff Issues
Your rotator cuff is a series of four muscles that stabilize your shoulder joint. If you injure or tear these muscles through overuse or trauma, it can limit your movement and function. Your muscles might become tight, weak, or overstretched, leading to painful spasms. Surgery is sometimes necessary for an injury involving torn or severely damaged rotator cuffs. But luckily, Dr. Smith can usually stimulate healing with a mix of Pulsewave therapy, soft tissue treatments, and chiropractic care.
There are nerves all throughout your neck and back. If you have spinal misalignments or herniated discs, sometimes, these nerves can become pinched by the spine. Usually, this causes pain that feels like it’s radiating from the neck or upper back to the shoulder. By correcting the misalignment with chiropractic care, strengthening the surrounding muscles with therapeutic exercises, and relaxing the area with soft tissue therapy, you can find relief.
Chiropractor Dr. Kevin Smith can diagnose the underlying causes of your shoulder pain through extensive examination of the symptoms, x-rays, and in more severe cases, an MRI. Usually, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulders, and pinched nerves respond very well to drug-free, non-invasive treatments. If your case is severe, however, Dr. Smith can refer you to a qualified orthopedic specialist if necessary.
Get Help for Your Shoulder Pain From Our Pittsburgh Chiropractor
It’s time you take your wellness into your own hands. Don’t let shoulder pain control your life. Allow Dr. Smith to diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain so he can create a care plan that’s just right for you.
Ready to schedule your appointment? If you live in Pittsburgh and your shoulder pain is getting in the way of your daily activities and goals, reach out to our chiropractor Dr. Smith at 412-595-7332 today to schedule an appointment and get the relief you need!
“After 2 visits, I had 95% of my range of motion back. After 3 visits, it was all back. This is nothing short of a miracle.” – Ann L., Upper St. Clair, PA
“I tried anti-inflammatories, injections, physical therapy…nothing helped. Then I went to see Dr. Smith. He fixed my shoulder in ONE TREATMENT. His methods work fast and I’m back to my normal self.” – Kimberly P., Pittsburgh, PA
If you keep on ignoring your shoulder issues, you may find that your shoulder becomes so stiff and painful that you can’t even lift your arm. This makes it hard to live your life. While cortisone injections and physical therapy can be typical treatments for this problem, they don’t always work. That’s where chiropractic care and manual therapy come in. For many patients, this is the key to finding long-lasting pain relief and increasing their range of motion. These approaches can help you start feeling better quickly so you can do the things you want to do, have to do, or need to do.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the most common reason for shoulder pain?
The most common reason for shoulder pain is a neurological imbalance between specific muscle groups. There are 18 muscles that insert into the shoulder. And if any of them get too short or too weak, it can cause pain.
How do I know what type of shoulder pain I have?
The shoulder is one of the most complicated joints in the body. The only way to know what type (or what is causing) your shoulder pain is to do a thorough examination and a review of imaging (x-ray or MRI). By testing the various tissues during an examination (and finding out what you can – and can’t do), we can narrow the focus and figure out if it is coming from a torn rotator cuff, bursitis, tendonitis, a torn labrum, or something else.
What are the warning signs of a rotator cuff tear?
Signs of a rotator cuff tear include:
- Pain and difficulty raising your arm(s)
- Pain that gets worse at night or when at rest
- Popping and clicking noises when moving the arms
- Progressive weakness in the arms (or when living the arms)
What is bursitis in the shoulder?
The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that functions as a cushion or shock absorber in the ball and socket joints (like the shoulders). When these fluid-filled sacs become irritated and inflamed, it is called bursitis. This is often referred to as impingement syndrome.
How do you know if shoulder pain is muscle or joint?
Oftentimes, the quality of the pain can help a clinician determine the root cause of the pain. Dull-achy pain is often associated with muscle or tendon problems. Whereas sharp-stabbing pain is closely linked to joint problems. Imaging (like X-ray or MRI) can help the chiropractor see problems in the muscles or joints). The third way to figure this out is by doing specific orthopedic tests.
How long does it take for chiropractic to help with shoulder pain?
Results can vary from person to person. However, it is common to see improvement after only one treatment. However much of this depends on the problem, the severity, the location, and the skill of the chiropractor.