Struggling with Shoulder Pain?

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Do you have shoulder pain? The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and as a result is subject to a wide range of injuries and conditions. Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of problems, but some of the most common reasons for pain in the shoulder include: neck and upper back problems, arthritis, abnormal motion patterns, participation in athletic events, and automobile accidents.

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Due to the wide range of potential causes, shoulder pain or abnormal motion in the joint could either develop gradually or come on suddenly. Since the shoulder joint is used in almost every daily activity, any injury to the area should be taken seriously and treated appropriately. Even minor injuries could worsen and should be treated early to help prevent progression. Some symptoms of a shoulder injury are more pronounced than others so any issues with the shoulder should be monitored carefully.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms indicating the need for an immediate evaluation of the shoulder include:

  • Pain that lasts for more than a week
  • Shoulder pain that comes and goes frequently
  • Difficulty raising your arm above your head
  • Trouble or pain when carrying objects
  • Pain that gets worse in the evening
  • Obvious signs of injury, or an unusual snapping or clicking sensation in the joint during movement

As with most conditions, the most effective treatment depends on the source of the problem, so getting an accurate diagnosis is a crucial step in the evaluation process. Most chiropractors are fully equipped and trained on the various methods for diagnosing the cause of shoulder pain.

With the clinical information provided from your history, advanced imaging techniques, and orthopedic procedures, a chiropractor will be able to quickly determine the exact cause of your pain. With this diagnosis, you can then develop an individualized treatment plan.

Treatment for Shoulder Pain

The neck and upper back are the areas where all the muscles and structures that control the shoulder joint originate. There is a wide variety of issues that could arise if there is a problem with the nerves and these structures. Research has shown that many cases of shoulder pain are actually due to referred pain from the neck region. At Morrison chiropractic we will do a thorough evaluation to determine whether your shoulder pain is arising from your neck or from the shoulder.

In any event, whether the pain is originating from the spine or is actually caused by damage to the shoulder joint, call our team at Morrison Chiropractic for a full check-up.


We will take a full history and perform a full orthopedic, neurologic and functional examination in order to determine the source of your pain. Then together with you we will develop a comprehensive treatment plan with the goal of getting you back to normal as soon as possible. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:

  • Therapy modalities to decrease your muscle spasm.
  • Myofascial release to release your long-standing tightness and soft-tissue adhesions.
  • Therapeutic exercise and stretching to restore your strength and flexibility.
  • Graston technique to promote healing.
  • Dry needling to relieve trigger points.

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