What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain’s a right bugger, as it inhibits most of your normal everyday movements. In order to know how to cure it, you first have to find out what’s causing the pain in your shoulder. Sometimes, it’s due to poor body alignment, while rest of the time it can be more complicated. Until you can schedule your next chiropractic treatment in Escondido, let’s see what could be causing your shoulder to be sore.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

There are many causes of shoulder pain, some of which you probably would never have thought of. Good news is that an experienced chiropractor could help you diagnose and treat the condition.

But, it would be good to first get familiar with all the potential causes of the pain you’re experiencing in your shoulder. Just to know what you might be getting yourself into, if nothing else.

  • Dislocation – If you pull your shoulder back a bit too hard, or you rotate it further than normal, you might end up dislocating your shoulder, which will cause pain, bruising, and swelling.
  • Separation – The joint where your shoulder blade and your collarbone meet is called acromioclavicular joint. If the ligaments around it get too stressed, they will tear and the collarbone will separate from the shoulder blade, and you’ll get a painful shoulder in return.
  • Fracture – If you’ve sustained a thought hit in the shoulder, the collarbone or the humerus can break or crack, leaving you in a whole world of pain.
  • Cartilage tear – There is a mass that resembles a rubbery padding that envelopes your shoulder joint, and it’s called cartilage. If the cartilage tears, you will begin experiencing pain when you try to place your arms over your head.
  • Rotator cuff tear – Rotator cuff are tendons and muscles that hold your arm where it should be, and they are located in your shoulder. If you fall, or if you overstress your shoulder, you can cause damage to it, which leads to pain and discomfort.
  • Frozen shoulder – A frozen shoulder will greatly limit the use of your shoulder. It is caused by tissue build-ups that prevent your shoulder from functioning properly.
  • Impingement – One or several of the bones located in your shoulder can pinch one or several of the tendons of your rotator cuff. Your shoulder will swell up, and you’ll notice pain immediately.
  • Bursitis – A bursa is a sack filled with liquid that sort of “cushions” inside your joint. It can become irritated by repetitive everyday motions, and it will become swollen, causing pain during normal shoulder movements.
  • Osteoarthritis – Another name for this condition is degenerative joint disease. This condition can affect all joints, not just the shoulder, causing the cartilage to break down and making your joints rub together.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – This condition makes your immune system attack the lining that protects your joints, causing massive stiffness and pain.
  • Heart attack – Lastly, if you notice that your shoulder has started to hurt inexplicably, and that you’re short of breath, you might be suffering a heart attack.

Does Uneven Shoulders Mean Scoliosis?

One or several parts of your body becoming uneven is not a good sign. When it comes to uneven shoulders, it doesn’t have to automatically mean it’s a sign of an early stage of scoliosis and that you should become worried.

However, your shoulders starting to become uneven is,in fact, one of the most common early signs of scoliosis, and you should definitely think about consulting a professional and probably undergoing a medical examination, just to be sure.

Bearing that in mind, early signs of scoliosis do not appear alone. Chances are, you’ll start noticing two or three telltale signs of scoliosis, and here are the most common ones you should be on the lookout for:

  • As we’ve said, your shoulders will start becoming uneven.
  • One shoulder blade is more prominent than the other.
  • Your rib cage can become more prominent too.
  • You may notice that one of your legs is a bit shorter than the other.
  • Your shirts don’t wrinkle evenly anymore – there are more wrinkles on one side.
  • Your sleeves are no longer even – one is longer.
  • One side of your shoes will exhibit more wear.
  • You’re experiencing chronic pain in your muscles.
  • Breathing is starting to get more difficult.

One of these symptoms doesn’t have to mean anything. However, several of them might indicate that something’s wrong with your body.

If you have shoulder pain, you should definitely turn to Fix Body Chiropractor Group for advice. We are experts in the field of chiropractic care and follow the latest guidelines of the World Federation of Chiropractic. For more information on what causes shoulder pain and how to treat it, contact us.

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