Arm and Shoulder Pain
Relieve Arm and Shoulder Pain with Chiropractic Care
The shoulder is one of the most common areas Singaporeans suffer pain in the body. It is especially affected by arthritis. Even a little discomfort can reduce the mobility of your arm. Early treatment is necessary to prevent arm and shoulder pain from getting worse. Singaporeans who work long hours seated at a desk may develop conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome, both of which can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in the arm, wrist, neck and shoulder region.
If you are experiencing any of these arm and shoulder symptoms, chiropractic care can help. Our team of highly-skilled Singapore chiropractors provide specifically designed treatment for shoulders and arms.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
Your shoulder is designed for maximum maneuverability. It has a set of four tendons that keep the muscle attached to the bone. This is area is called the Rotator Cuff. Its primary purpose is to secure your humerus bone (the upper arm bone) inside of the shoulder socket. This stabilization of the humerus helps give your shoulder its wide range of movement.
We use our shoulder joints a lot. With so much use comes wear and tear that can impact the functionality over time. There are many possible reasons why you may be experiencing arm and shoulder pain. An accurate diagnosis is needed to better understand the cause of the discomfort or pain before discussing treatment options. Because in chiropractic care we treat the underlying condition, not just the symptoms.
The following conditions (all treatable by our chiropractors) are common causes of shoulder pain.
When a patient is experiencing pain or discomfort in the shoulder, it is most often due to bursitis. Bursitis occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed. The bursa is a sac filled with fluid that helps make the shoulder joint more flexible while keeping it protected. The most common causes of bursitis are injury or overuse, like performing repetitive overhead activities.
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Tendonitis occurs when the tendons compress beneath the scapula (shoulder bone) and become torn, damaged, or swollen. Since the Rotator Cuff has four tendons, and the joint is almost always moving, tendonitis is a common cause of shoulder pain. It can develop from aging, an injury, constant repetitive movement of the shoulder or other forms of routine wear and tear.
Arthritis of the shoulder can become quite painful in a short period of time. It occurs when cartilage in the shoulder joint begins to erode, leaving the joint unprotected. Although arthritis is found more often in the knees and hips, the shoulder can also be affected. In severe instances, joint replacement surgery may be required to solve the problem.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can arise if the nerves located between the collarbone and ribs become compressed or stressed. Symptoms include numbness in the fingers, and pain in both the neck and shoulder.
When the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful, it may be a sign of adhesive capsulitis, better known as Frozen Shoulder. Frozen Shoulder affects individuals with an immobilized arm for extended periods of time. It's also a common side effect of diabetes.
Typically centered in the Rotator Cuff, calcific tendonitis occurs when calcium deposits are found inside of the tendon. Treatment options vary based on the severity of the symptoms being experienced by the patient.
Biceps Tendon Rupture
A biceps tendon rupture occurs when the tendon of the biceps muscle is torn or ruptured near the shoulder joint, leading to a resonating pain throughout the arm.
Typically caused due to injury, though other conditions can also be attributed, shoulder instability occurs when the joint becomes loose and pain is felt as a result.
A shoulder dislocation occurs when the humerus dislocates from the scapula. It is typically the result of an injury, such as from playing sports.
Many confuse a shoulder separation with a dislocation, even though they are very different. With a separation, the acromioclavicular joint, or AC joint, is disrupted as the ligament surrounding the joint are damaged in some capacity. A mild separation means the ligaments have been sprained. A more severe separation could mean torn ligaments.
The labrum is located along the edge of the shoulder socket. Its main purpose is to hold the ball of the shoulder joint in place. It is made of a rubber-like tissue called fibrocartilage and when it becomes torn due to a sudden injury or aging, the pain can be severe enough as to prevent movement and cause instability in the joint. There are many kinds of labral tears including a Bankart tear or a SLAP lesion.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the result of repetitive use of the wrist. It most commonly occurs by working at a computer for long periods. It is due to a compression of the median nerve, which runs through the narrow passage of your wrist, causing a numbness or tingling sensation in the hand.
How Chiropractic Care Helps Treat Arm and Shoulder Pain
Patients often come to us after deciding they don't want to rely on invasive surgery or prescription medications for relief. That's because chiropractic care helps treat arm and shoulder pain through noninvasive, holistic methods.
To start, one of our chiropractors will take all of the important factors into account before arriving at a specific diagnosis. Your overall health and well-being are our top priority -- not just the shoulder that is causing you pain. We take lifestyle habits, family history and previous injuries all into consideration to ensure you receive the proper care.
From there, we make a diagnosis and develop a personalized chiropractic treatment plan. Our chiropractic professionals at Light Chiropractic are uniquely qualified to apply safe, effective, and specialized adjustments to alleviate pressure on the arms and shoulders.
Neck pain is closely linked to shoulder pain. So our examination may also focus on the spine and neck to determine if you have any misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck region. Proper neck and back adjustments can be applied to reposition the vertebrae and realign the spine to relieve your shoulder pain and restore mobility and maneuverability.