Shoulder Pain

Enhanced Medical Centers -  - Chiropractic

Enhanced Medical Centers

Chiropractic & Primary Care Practice located in Tempe, AZ

The shoulder is the body’s most flexible joint. As a result, it’s susceptible to overuse and injury. At Enhanced Medical Centers in Tempe, Arizona, Quentin Smith, DC, and Candace Gaitanis, APRN, CFNP, CFMP, and their highly experienced chiropractic and primary care team offer a variety of nonsurgical treatments to relieve your shoulder pain and restore mobility. For acute or chronic shoulder pain relief, call the friendly office staff to book an appointment or schedule online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

How does the shoulder joint work?

To understand why you might have shoulder pain, it’s important to first understand how your shoulders work. 

The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint with many moving parts for a versatile range of motion. Three main bones make up your shoulder joints: the humerus (arm bone); the clavicle (collarbone); and the scapula (shoulder blade).

The bones all come together in your shoulder where a layer of cartilage provides cushion and support. The rotator cuff — a collection of four tendons connected to bones and muscles — provides the widest range of motion of any joint in your body. 

If any of the parts of your shoulder become injured, worn, or damaged, you’ll likely feel pain and lose range of motion.

What causes shoulder pain?

Among the most common causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Torn cartilage
  • Bone spurs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Injury
  • Overuse
  • Arthritis
  • Bone fractures

Sprains and bursitis (joint inflammation) can also contribute to shoulder pain. Acute shoulder pain can go away as your body heals from a mild sprain or from overuse, but lingering shoulder pain often requires treatment before you get relief from pain and restore your range of motion.

What treatments help relieve shoulder pain?

The team of Enhanced Medical Centers chiropractors and health care providers takes a natural approach to your shoulder pain. Once they identify the underlying causes, they recommend conservative, noninvasive treatments to help reduce inflammation and pain, and improve your range of motion.

Physical therapies, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and other treatments can help loosen tight muscles and your shoulder joint. If shoulder pain is the result of repetitive motion or overuse, you’ll probably need to avoid certain activities for a period of time so your shoulder has time to heal.

When more conservative treatments don’t ease or eliminate your chronic shoulder pain, the team could recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. 

PRP uses a high concentration of growth factors from your own blood to help heal arthritic or injured joints. PRP can help your soft tissue heal and promote your body’s natural healing within a painful shoulder joint.

To learn more about natural shoulder treatments and long-term relief from pain and reduced mobility, call Enhanced Medical Centers to schedule a consultation. You can also use the convenient online booking system.