Shoulder pain, arm and elbow pain, pain between the shoulder blades, stiffness and decreased range of motion, difficulties with overhead movements, and occasional numbness and tingling all point to a shoulder dysfunction.
Your shoulder joint is referred to as a diarthrosis or "ball-and-socket" joint. Diarthroses joints are considered to be the most complex joints in the human body as they are able to move in several directions. There are many causes of shoulder pain with the most common being sprains/strains of the muscles and ligaments, dislocations, bursitis, tendonitis, brachial plexus injury, impingement, arthritis, thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), rotator cuff injury, and frozen shoulder.
With the exception of broken bones and complete tears in the muscles or ligaments of the shoulder, conservative care is very effective in treating shoulder injuries. For home care, ice is highly recommended to decrease swelling within the joint as well as help reduce possible muscle spasms. Light stretching to increase range of motion helps reduce tension and resistance and induce proper motion within the shoulder capsule. Cotton Chiropractic is well-versed in manual adjustments of the shoulder complex as well as helping in the reduction of muscles that may be irritated within the shoulder joint.