Due to the complexity of the shoulder’s anatomy, shoulder pain can be a common complaint. When something feels amiss with your shoulder, it can impact your ability to move freely and complete even the simplest everyday tasks. Whether you’re experiencing shoulder pain due to an injury or have been living with a painful condition such as bursitis, Oregon Medical Centers can help. Founded by Dr. Sunita Bhasin in 1990, our integrated healthcare clinic offers chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, massage, and alternative medicine to treat both chronic and acute shoulder ailments. Don’t suffer in silence with chronic neck and shoulder pain in Salem, Aloha, or a surrounding area. Schedule an appointment with our friendly, knowledgeable team to find a non-invasive treatment that’s right for you.Schedule an Appointment
Your shoulder is actually a complex ball-and-socket joint, found where your upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blades (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle) meet. Your shoulder blades stay in place thanks to a group of muscles and tendons referred to as rotator cuffs. Your rotator cuffs are responsible for arm movement. Injuries to these bones, muscles, tendons, and cartilage are often the cause of shoulder pain. However, shoulder pain may also result from conditions like arthritis or even from issues or injuries found elsewhere in your body. Some of the most common shoulder pain causes include:
• Dislocations, which occur when the bone pops out of the shoulder blade socket
• Frozen shoulder, which is joint stiffness that usually gets worse over time
• Rotator cuff injuries, which are often the result of a sports injury
• Strains and sprains, which occur in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments
• Fractures of the clavicle, humerus, and scapula bones
• Bursitis, which often occurs with rotator cuff tendinitis
• Arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common in shoulders
• Tendinitis, which occurs when the tendon is worn down over time
• Tendon tears, which can result from injury or changes in the tendon due to aging
• Instability, which often results from injury
• Impingement, which occurs when your rotator cuff tendons get pinched
How Common Are Shoulder Injuries? When Do You Need Treatment?
Did you know that the shoulder joint gets dislocated more frequently than any other joint in the body? Repetitive stress, tears, fractures, and other injuries can take their toll on your shoulders over time. It’s estimated that one out of every four people injured in a car accident experiences shoulder pain. While you may treat minor to moderate shoulder pain at home via rest, ice, heat, or over-the-counter pain relievers, severe or persistent shoulder pain may require medical or chiropractic treatment. Tenderness, swelling, intense pain, or a limited range of motion in your arms or shoulders are all signs you should seek professional care. If your shoulder pain is accompanied by a tightness in the chest or difficulty breathing, this could be symptoms of a heart attack requiring urgent medical attention.
Chiropractic for shoulder pain is preferred by many patients seeking alternatives to surgery or reliance on pain medications that merely mask their symptoms. Chiropractors help with shoulder pain by treating the underlying issues causing the pain. X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans may be recommended to get a closer look at your injury before determining the appropriate course of treatment. Chiropractic treatments are tailored to help your body back on the road to recovery by tapping into the body’s natural healing capabilities. Chiropractic for shoulder pain in our Salem and Aloha practices may include:
• Chiropractic Adjustments – Swift but gentle chiropractic adjustments to your shoulder joint can help restore your range of motion and flexibility. Depending on the extent of your injury, we may make adjustments to your neck and upper back to help reduce pain and inflammation.
• Massage Therapy – Chiropractic massage helps relax the body and promote natural healing. We may suggest massage therapy before a chiropractic adjustment to loosen tight muscles and make it easier for us to manipulate your shoulder joint.
• Therapeutic Exercises – In addition to chiropractic adjustments to your shoulder joint, we may suggest at-home exercises and stretches to ease your neck and shoulder pain and discomfort. Working on your posture and stretching can help you rebuild stability in weakened shoulders.
For over 30 years, Oregon Medical Centers has specialized in catering to the wellness needs of every member of the family. Our high level of care and compassion for our patients is why our integrated healthcare services are highly recommended. Treatment plans are personalized according to your individual needs and health goals. No matter the reason for your visit, we follow up with our patients to ensure positive outcomes. Browse our patient testimonials to see how we’ve helped people just like you overcome chronic pain and discomfort caused by many conditions, including:
• Whiplash injuries
• Pinched nerves
• Damaged muscles
• Ligament injuries
• TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders
• Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
If you’re suffering from shoulder blade pain in the Salem or Aloha area, Oregon Medical Centers can help. Request an appointment today for effective, comprehensive chiropractic treatment for your neck and shoulder pain. Our team would be happy to assist with paperwork and answer any questions about our integrated healthcare services. Contact us today to discover the many benefits of chiropractic care!