Shoulder Pain in Palm Desert?

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We don't think much about our shoulders until they start to give us pain. Most people immediately start looking for the best chiropractic care in Palm Desert because they are always using their shoulders to lift and extend their arms, to carry, wave and perform numerous other motions and tasks. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and as a result it is subject to a wide range of injuries and conditions.

Shoulder problems that go unchecked can lead to lifelong, debilitating issues. In order to properly treat the shoulder joint and achieve long-term relief it is important to identify the cause of shoulder pain. This article explains some of the common causes of shoulder pain and how chiropractic care can return the shoulder to functional health.

Shoulder Pain Treatment in Palm Desert

The causes of shoulder pain are seemingly endless, but let's go over some of the more common causes for pain in the shoulder. Shoulder pain may be the result of conditions, such as:

  • Neck and upper back tightness
  • Spinal misalignment
  • Arthritis
  • Abnormal patterns of movement
  • Athletic injuries and automobile accidents

While a few of the items on this list may indicate localized swelling in the shoulder joint, more of them point to the spine as the probable source of pain. The nerves that control the shoulder originate in the spine. If the vertebrae around the neck and upper back are compressed or injured, the nerves that go to the shoulder will be irritated and cause pain. Even a minor spinal misalignment can interrupt communication between the nerves and the shoulder and a cascade of problems can begin. So, what appears as shoulder pain may actually be referred pain from the spinal column.

Symptoms of Shoulder Injury

Due to the wide range of causative factors, shoulder pain and abnormal motion in the joint may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Symptoms of a shoulder injury are occasionally very subtle, but even these can develop into major issues. Since the shoulder joint is used in the vast majority of activities that we engage in daily, all symptoms involving the shoulder should be monitored carefully and treated promptly to avoid progression of the problem. Symptoms indicating the need for an immediate evaluation of the shoulder complex include:

  • Shoulder pain that lasts for more than a week
  • Shoulder pain that goes away and then returns frequently
  • Difficulty raising your arm above your head
  • Trouble or pain when carrying objects
  • Pain in the shoulder joint that becomes more pronounced in the evening
  • Any visual signs of damage to the joint such as bruising or swelling
  • Unusual snapping or clicking sensations in the joint during movement

Shoulder Pain Q& A

What is the anatomy of the shoulder?

The joints in your shoulder are often referred to as “ball-and-socket joints” because of how your upper arm bone fits into your shoulder blade (much like a ball and socket). While these two bones are the two largest players in your shoulder, there is a host of supporting players, which include:

  • Three smaller bones: the collarbone, the acromion, and the coracoid process
  • Rotator cuff: a group of tendons and muscles responsible for the support and motion of your shoulder
  • Bursa: a sac of fluid that protects and cushions the tendons
  • Labrum: cartilage that forms the socket which fits your upper arm bone

What are common causes of shoulder pain?

Since your shoulder joints are extremely active and highly complex, there are a lot of conditions that can affect them, such as:

  • Frozen shoulder: a progressive condition where inflammation in your shoulder causes increasing pain and stiffness
  • Osteoarthritis: a degenerative disease that tends to develop in joints that undergo a lot of wear and tear
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: an immune disorder that attacks your joints
  • Rotator cuff tear: tears that can develop in your rotator cuff from overuse or an acute injury
  • Dislocation: when your upper arm bone slips out of position
  • Tendonitis: irritation and swelling caused by repetitive or overuse
  • Bursitis: inflammation of the bursa sac in your shoulder

Shoulder pain may be addressed with an amniotic allograft -- a form of stem cell therapy -- which is made up of stem cells, protein, growth hormones, and hyaluronic acid. Working together, this combination gives the body what it needs to heal itself.

Chiropractic care for Shoulder Pain

Chiropractic care is a gentle and non-invasive alternative to medications and surgeries that provides fast and effective results. Palm Desert chiropractors are trained to deal with issues in the spine and the shoulder complex that result in shoulder pain. In order to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, a chiropractic treatment begins with a thorough evaluation process, using information provided from your medical history, and advanced imaging techniques. Once a correct diagnosis is achieved it will then be used to develop an individualized treatment plan that will help ensure a fast recovery.

Call our team at Le Roy Chiropractic Corporation today for help.


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8:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm

8:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm


Le Roy Chiropractic Corporation
42575 Washington Street 2nd Floor
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 360-8700