Your shoulder is a very complex joint. Shoulder pain affects about 10% of the population at some time in their lives. A properly functioning shoulder allows for optimal movement during reaching, pulling and pushing. The shoulder has the ability to move in a wide range of directions and planes. The ability for the shoulder to have such a wide range of motion unfortunately makes it more prone to laxity (stretchiness) and injury. Commonly diagnosed shoulder injuries include rotator cuff tears or tendonitis, frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement and shoulder bursitis. Diagnosis of shoulder pain can be challenging for health practitioners and frustrating for you as a patient.
First Rib Fixation Syndrome is a common contributing factor to the development of gradual onset, non-traumatic shoulder pain. First rib-shoulder problems can be effectively addressed and corrected with chiropractic care. Upper crossed syndrome (please refer to our January 2013 newsletter article) is a common postural syndrome (seen in students and desk workers) which often contributes to the development of first rib fixation/shoulder pain. Ask us about your shoulder pain and we will assess for First Rib Fixation Syndrome as a contributing factor in the development in your shoulder pain.
At The Chiropractic Wellness Studio we frequently assess and treat patients who have shoulder pain. A skill unique to Doctors of Chiropractic is our ability to assess not only the soft tissue components of shoulder pain but the underlying bony joint dysfunction which may be present within the shoulder joint complex. Other structures around the shoulder joint like the upper back, neck and 1st rib joints may also be functioning sub-optimally and contributing to the onset of your aggravating shoulder pain. Correction of this underlying joint dysfunction is important in the treatment and recovery of biomechanical shoulder problems.