Chiropractic - A Whole Body Approach

When joint function is impaired, there is reduced range of motion, inflammation, calcium buildup, and scar tissue. This can be caused from repetitive motions, improper sitting, overexertion, slips, falls, accidents, and other causes.

Awareness of these types of problems has become more common with terms like 'tennis elbow,' 'runner's knee,' 'frozen shoulder,' and 'carpal tunnel syndrome.'

The traditional treatment of these problems involves splinting the joint to reduce movement, pain medications, muscle relaxants, steroid injections, and even surgery!

Today, a more common sense approach is being taken. Joint mobilization, like chiropractic care for the spine, is being used in the care of elbows, wrists, and other joints of the body. Helping to restore normal range of motion to joints that have become 'locked up,' 'jammed,' or injured, seems to improve blood circulation, reduce scar tissue, and speed the healing process.

 

Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is a very complex area of the body. It is here that the humerus (upper arm bone) articulates with the glenoid cavity of the scapula (shoulder bone). The joint is considered a weak ball and socket joint. Other than the bones that make up the joints there are many ligaments, tendons and muscles from the chest, back and arm that all cross this area. A “rotator cuff” injury occurs when any of the 4 groups of muscles, which cross the joints in the shoulder, become injured. There is also a very complex nerve supply in this area. Injuries to the shoulder area are common considering the complex structure of the area and the frequency of use. Common shoulder injuries include weightlifting or any sport involving throwing motion, especially baseball or football. Many contact sports result in shoulder injuries.

The shoulder may also have pain from a neck injury such as a car accident. Here the nerves that exit the neck known as the brachial plexus may have been injured. These nerves that go to the shoulder may be the cause of the problem. This is usually true when the pain goes beyond the shoulder and down the arm. Any time that you experience radiating pain down the arm or leg, you should be checked by your chiropractor immediately.

The medical approach to shoulder injuries includes muscle relaxants, painful cortisone injections, surgery and a variety of other medications. All of which can involve harmful side effects. Chiropractic offers a gentle, natural and effective approach. The shoulder can be adjusted to maintain proper alignment and increased mobility. Also adjusting the neck will ensure healthy nerve flow into the shoulder and ensure supple nerve supply to the supporting structures. Exercise is often discussed to give strengthening tips to help the healing process along.

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