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Shoulder pain is quite painful and often hinders arm movements. Depending on your symptoms and causes, the right kind of chiropractic treatment could be one of the best cures available.

Here are some of the common symptoms, causes and available chiropractic treatments.


Shoulder tendonitis can be very painful and develop suddenly, worsening after exercise, and tend to worsen at night due to stretching of the muscles while sleeping. Raising the arms above the headline can be a challenge, and the intense inflammation also radiates to the arm and cause tingling as well.

Causes: Some common causes include intense and repetitive arm strain, poor posture, sleeping hours with the head resting on the arm, or repetitive and intense exercise may result in shoulder tendonitis. Generally, this tendon presents parts compromised, given its excessive use of raising arms during some sportive practices or professional activities, which favors the emergence of impact syndrome.


The main symptoms that characterize shoulder arthrosis are local pain and swelling; difficulty performing any movement with the shoulder; feeling of sand in the shoulder joint; crackles during movements.

Causes: About 80% to 90% of people over 40 show signs of x-ray osteoarthritis, although most of them have no symptoms, osteoarthritis is the gradual joint degeneration that gets worse with age. The main causes of joint wear are obesity, repetitive stress, falls or strokes trauma, inflammatory rheumatologic diseases, bone necrosis, repeated intra-articular cortisone injections, congenital bone diseases, metabolic and endocrine disorders, and diseases that affect the peripheral nerves.


Common symptoms include intense pain and difficulty in performing the movements are the leading causes of shoulder capsulitis. Symptoms worsen over weeks and are usually worse at night, reaching the stage of joint stiffness or freezing when performing daily tasks becomes impossible.

Causes: Also known as frozen shoulder, the common characteristics are stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The main factors of capsulitis are trauma, with or without associated fracture; post-trauma surgeries; diabetes or thyroid disease. Bursitis and tendonitis can lead to capsulitis when the condition becomes chronic and inadequate treatment occurs, generating capsular fibrosis with the consequent retractable capsulitis.

Muscle Tension

Common symptoms include excessive muscle contraction and muscle acidity. In chronic cases, shortening of the upper muscles, including the shoulders and cervix, for women who work long hours sitting can become harmful.

Causes: Common causes include daily stress and repetitive as well as intense exercises that can lead to the necessary shoulder tension leading to inflammation and pain in the joint structures. Poor posture for repetitive hours can also lead to future problems and discomfort.


Symptoms of shoulder fracture can be confused and masked, so further imaging exams are required. However, usually, edema, swelling, severe pain, difficulty in moving the arms, and purplish coloration are all symptoms of fractures or scratching on the shoulder.

Causes: Shoulder joint fracture occurs due to trauma, a fall, or tension in the clavicle, humerus, and less commonly in the scapula.

Shoulder Collision

Also known as frozen shoulder, the symptoms are like those of bursitis, tendonitis or impingement syndrome— but it is the early stage of adhesive capsulitis —because the pain symptom is like these diseases. Cervical hernias and long periods of shoulder immobilization may develop stiffness and the consequent absence of movement of the affected joint.

Causes: Commonly occurs when the rotator cuff muscle tendons become inflamed due to repetitive shoulder activities, injury, ageing, excessive shoulder movement in abduction bigger than 90 degrees, or trauma. Increased thoracic kyphosis, anterior head, and abducted forward-leaning scapula can also cause this syndrome.


Inflammation of the tendon, or parts of the joint structure, the difficulty in moving a joint, pain on the inflamed tendon, skin redness on the affected tendon, and lack of muscle strength may suggest that the person is suffering from tenosynovitis.

Causes: Common causes are inflammation of the synovium, which is the protective sheath covering the tendons, which itself may be the result of inflammatory diseases, infections, injuries, overexertion, and strains, in addition to cuts.


When the arm bone, the humerus, comes out of the glenohumeral shoulder cavity, we call it a sub-dislocation. However, if the sub-dislocation causes tendon and ligament injuries, we can say that the shoulder was dislocated entirely from the glenohumeral cavity, causing striking pain, a visible difference between shoulder height, and total inability to perform the arm movements, which may lead to fainting.

Causes: The shoulder may leave the original position due to trauma or fall, resulting in traumatic dislocation; or ligamentous weakness, when the ligaments have a hyperelasticity and the joint becomes looser and instable given repetitive dislocations.


Bone tumor symptoms are similar to those of shoulder joint tumor, constant pain may become more intense at night; swelling accompanied by inflammation, or redness, and the formation of local nodules; sudden pain may mean fissures or fractures due to bone tissue weakness; When pressing on the affected joint, tingling in the limbs and weakness may also occur.

Causes: Osteosarcomas are the most common primary malignant bone tumor in children and adolescents; they mainly appear in the bones of the knees, shoulders and hips. Although its causes are still a mystery, studies show that its related to the deformation in the cell’s DNA, causing the wrong reproduction of the cell that forms a tumor.


Chiropractic has an entirely satisfactory result in treating shoulder pain, aiding postural reeducation and shoulder alignment, helping in the regeneration of fibers and tendons, and increasing joint mobility and amplitude.

The degree of manipulation should be respected according to the intensity of the injury and applied when the phase is no longer acute, respecting the necessary resting both in the return of activities as preventing the increase of the inflammation process. However, proper positioning of the structures, as well as the dissolution of nodules, greatly assist in reducing pain and obtaining faster results.

An anti-inflammatory diet can also increase treatment efficiency, and like chiropractic, should be applied in combination with prescribed medication and physical therapy.

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