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Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Posted Jun 08 2013 12:00am
Shoulder pain treatment in san francisco
We have been providing natural solutions for shoulder pain in downtown San Francisco for over 20 years now. We use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue laser therapy , massage, Graston Technique , and KinesioTaping

Shoulder pain can be tricky...especially if it involves Rotator Cuff Injuries. Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Rotator Cuff Injuries:

Rotator cuff injury includes any type of irritation or damage to your rotator cuff muscles or tendons. Causes of a rotator cuff injury may include falling, lifting and repetitive arm activities — especially those done overhead, such as throwing a baseball or placing items on overhead shelves.

Rotator cuff injury signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness in your shoulder, especially when reaching overhead, reaching behind your back, lifting, pulling or sleeping on the affected side
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Loss of shoulder range of motion
  • Inclination to keep your shoulder inactive

The most common symptom is pain. You may experience it when you reach up to comb your hair, bend your arm back to put on a jacket or carry something heavy. Lying on the affected shoulder also can be painful. If you have a severe injury, such as a large tear, you may experience continuous pain and muscle weakness.

When to see a doctor
You should see your doctor if:

  • You're experiencing severe shoulder pain
  • You're unable to use your arm or feel weak in the arm
  • You have shoulder pain that's lasted more than a week

Click here for Mayo Clinic Rotator Cuff Injuries (full article).

There are also many other causes of shoulder pain such as tendonitis, bursitis, misalignment of shoulder joints, sprains, strains, or tears.

In my experience, the body is able to heal most of these types of injuries with the right kind of treatment. Deep tissue laser therapy penetrates deep into the soft tissues and is attracted to damaged inflamed tissue. It stimulates healing and accelerates inflammation and pain reduction. We use our laser frequently for shoulder pain. Chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulders and arms done using proper technique and force is probably the best treatment. And of course massage and other soft tissue therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART), Graston, and Trigger Points, help to reduce muscle spams, adhesion's, and scar tissue formation.  

In any case...if you would like to find out if you are a candidate for Shoulder Pain Treatment in San Franciso please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

By: Dr. Eben Davis

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