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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Treatment from our Puyallup Sports Chiropractor

Shoulder pain can frequently lead to difficulties with occupational tasks, athletic endeavors, and even basic activities of daily living like bathing and dressing. Our multidisciplinary team, led by Puyallup chiropractor Dr. Kevin Earle, helps people of all ages and lifestyles achieve drug-free relief and restored quality of life. 

Woman suffering from shoulder pain

Common Conditions Causing Shoulder Pain

Three main bones make up your shoulder: the collarbone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the upper arm bone (humerus). These bones are held together via an intricate connection of ligaments, muscles, tendons, and other tissues. A disruption in the normal function, integrity, and/or alignment of any of these tissues can lead to a painful and debilitating condition including:

  • Bursitis: irritation and inflammation of a fluid-filled sac near the shoulder 
  • Tendonitis: inflammation and irritation of a tendon
  • Rotator cuff strain or tear: damage to any of the small stabilizing muscles 
  • Labrum tear: damage to the cushioning labrum inside the shoulder joint
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder): progressive loss of range of motion 
  • Osteoarthritis: wearing down of the cushioning cartilage within the joint
  • Instability: hypermobility and/or complete joint dislocation 

Risk Factors for Shoulder Pain

Our wellness team can help you tease out individual factors which may be contributing to your dysfunction. Common factors we see include:

  • Poor posture 
  • Overuse
  • Repetitive overhead motion 
  • Sports accident
  • Auto accident
  • Personal injury (e.g., slip and fall)
  • Poor lifting technique and body mechanics

Why Seeing a Sports Chiropractor can Improve Your Shoulder Pain

A sports chiropractor uses services which work with your body's ability to self-heal. Following an initial physical exam and history, Dr. Earle and his team can diagnose your condition and implement a customized plan of care to address symptoms and causes. Our services may include:

  • Spinal adjustments to improve the shoulder/spine connection ("scapulo-thoracic rhythm") and trigger the release of natural pain relievers
  • Therapeutic exercises to restore healthy mobility and sufficient stability in the muscles and tendons supporting the shoulder
  • Soft tissue management to stimulate local blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and decrease reflexive tissue tension
  • Lifestyle counseling, ergonomic modifications, and sports-specific training to learn how to avoid movements and postures which are contributing to your symptoms

Contact our Chiropractor in Puyallup WA for Drug-Free Healing

If you live near Tacoma, South Hill, or Puyallup WA and are struggling with shoulder pain and dysfunction, contact Rainier Sports and Spinal Rehab at (253) 445-0440.