Shoulder pain is a widespread issue that affects millions of individuals globally. The effects of shoulder pain can be significant and encompass various aspects of daily life, from physical functioning to emotional well-being. Here's how shoulder pain can impact people:
Physical Discomfort and Limitations: Shoulder pain can cause intense discomfort, ranging from dull aches to sharp, stabbing sensations. It can limit the range of motion in the affected shoulder, making everyday tasks such as reaching, lifting, or dressing challenging.
Disruption of Daily Activities: Shoulder pain can hinder the ability to perform routine activities like combing hair, carrying objects, or even typing on a keyboard. This limitation can lead to frustration and a sense of dependency on others.
Sleep Disturbances: Shoulder pain can make it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position, leading to disrupted sleep patterns and resulting in fatigue and reduced overall well-being.
Impact on Work and Productivity: Individuals with shoulder pain may struggle to perform work-related tasks that require arm movement. This can lead to decreased productivity, missed workdays, and potential financial strain.
Emotional and Psychological Effects: Chronic shoulder pain can have emotional consequences, including frustration, irritability, and stress. The inability to engage in activities that once brought joy can lead to feelings of sadness and isolation.
Limited Physical Activities: Shoulder pain can restrict participation in physical activities, hobbies, and sports. This can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, contributing to decreased overall fitness and potential weight gain.
Dependence on Pain Medications: To manage pain, some individuals may rely on pain-relieving medications. While these medications can provide temporary relief, long-term use can raise concerns about dependency and potential side effects.
Impact on Relationships: Shoulder pain can strain relationships, particularly if individuals are unable to participate in social activities or contribute to household responsibilities.
Healthcare Utilization: Shoulder pain often prompts individuals to seek medical attention, leading to increased healthcare utilization. This can result in additional stress related to appointments, treatments, and potential financial costs.
Posture and Muscular Imbalances: Chronic shoulder pain can lead to compensatory postures and muscular imbalances, potentially exacerbating the condition and causing additional discomfort.
How Can We Help You?
Assessment and Diagnosis: Dr. Shemansky starts by evaluating your shoulder pain to pinpoint its underlying cause. This involves assessing your posture, spinal alignment, and muscle imbalances.
Spinal and Joint Alignment: Chiropractic adjustments aim to restore proper spinal alignment, which can have a positive impact on the shoulder's function. Adjustments can also target misalignments in the shoulder joint itself, potentially improving nerve function and circulation.
Muscle Release Techniques: Techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) or Graston Technique can help release tension and adhesions in the muscles around the shoulder joint. This can promote better blood flow, reduce muscle tightness, and alleviate strain.
Strengthening and Rehabilitation: Dr. Shemansky may recommend exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint. These exercises can enhance stability, and mobility, and alleviate strain on the shoulder.
Posture Correction: Poor posture often contributes to shoulder pain by causing additional stress on the shoulder joint. Dr. Shemansky can provide guidance on improving your posture, which can reduce pain and prevent further strain.
Ergonomic Advice: If your daily activities involve repetitive motions or tasks, Dr. Shemansky can offer ergonomic suggestions to minimize strain on the shoulder joint.
Nutritional Support: Dr. Shemansky might provide nutritional guidance to support your body's natural healing process. Certain nutrients can help reduce inflammation and support tissue repair, aiding in shoulder pain relief.