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Shoulder Pain

Tony Tropea, DC -  - Chiropractor

Tropea Chiropractic Inc.

Tony Tropea, DC

Chiropractor located in Downtown Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale, CA

As the most flexible joints in your body, your shoulders are able to perform many different movements, but that flexibility can also lead to pain. Treatment for shoulder pain from injuries, car accidents, falls, and overuse is available at Tropea Chiropractic Inc. in Downtown Sunnyvale, California. The practice has extensive experience treating shoulder injuries through chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, and more. To get relief from shoulder pain, call or book online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why does my shoulder hurt?

The shoulder is a flexible joint since it has a wide range of motion, but that can lead to problems with stability and stiffness. In order for your shoulder to function optimally, the surfaces of the ball and socket portions of the joint need to line up and glide smoothly against each other. Different conditions can cause problems for the joint, including:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle tears
  • Muscle spasms
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Labral tears
  • Ligament sprains
  • Frozen shoulder syndrome

These conditions can damage the surfaces of the joint, cause muscular imbalances that prevent normal shoulder movements, and lead to weakness of the surrounding muscles and nerves. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for your shoulder to function at its best.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

To diagnose shoulder pain, Tropea Chiropractic Inc. begins with a thorough consultation and physical exam. Your doctor asks about the location of your pain, what may have caused it — like sleeping wrong, a car accident, a workplace injury, or playing sports — and anything you've done to relieve the pain.

Your doctor then examines your shoulder and the surrounding muscles. Through different movements, your doctor measures your range of motion, looks for signs of joint stiffness or instability, and evaluates the nerves and ligaments of your shoulder. Some cases require X-rays or an MRI to determine your diagnosis. Tropea Chiropractic Inc. provides appropriate referrals so you can get your imaging completed quickly in order to begin treatment.

How do chiropractors treat shoulder pain?

Tropea Chiropractic Inc. provides a wide range of treatments to alleviate shoulder pain and improve the function of your shoulder. Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following therapies for your shoulder.

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Postural training
  • Traction of the neck to relieve nerve pain
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Rehab like electrical muscle stimulation, heat, or ice

Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor focuses on restoring pain-free movement to your shoulder. This may mean performing chiropractic adjustments to increase range of motion, soft tissue therapy and electrical muscle stimulation to relieve pain, or PNF to reduce muscle spasms and trigger points.

Should I see a chiropractor or physical therapist for my shoulder pain?

Chiropractic care and physical therapy can complement each other, and when used together, may speed up your healing process. Tropea Chiropractic Inc. offers both chiropractic treatment and physical therapy so you can get the best treatment for your unique situation.

To book a consultation and exam for your shoulder pain, call or use the online scheduling tool now.