As the most mobile joint in your body, the shoulder is vulnerable to injury and pain. At Vitality Medical Center in Tustin, California, expert chiropractor Dr. Laila Nayab-Murshidi, DC, provides conservative, effective treatment for frustrating shoulder issues. Call the office or book an appointment online today if your shoulder is causing you pain and interfering with your quality of life.
Why is my shoulder vulnerable to pain?
The shoulder is a large joint that provides a great deal of mobility, which is great for reaching, throwing and dressing. However, mobility can create instability, which can lead to overuse issues, injuries, and pain. Shoulder pain and injury affect 3 in every 10 adults at some point in their lives.
The joint has a very small contact area, so it’s vulnerable to instability and impingement. These issues can affect your soft tissue and bony structures.
What causes shoulder pain?
Most shoulder problems fall into one of the following categories:
- Instability, such as impingement
- Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis
- Tendon inflammation or tear, such as bursitis and tendonitis
- Fracture, or a broken bone
Shoulder pain often arises because the muscles are inadequately trained to handle the joint’s instability and activity. At Vitality Medical Center, Dr. Nayab-Murshidi can help you overcome this dysfunction and find relief from pain.
What are the treatments for shoulder pain?
Dr. Nayab-Murshidi begins your treatment by taking a comprehensive medical history, performing a physical exam, and ordering any necessary imaging tests to check for breaks, arthritis, or impingement. She’ll initially manage your pain and inflammation with drug-free methods, such as:
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Heat and ice
These steps help you feel better so you can move on to more specific treatments. Depending on the nature of your pain, these treatments may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments to restore the health of the connective tissues and enhance the range of motion
- Rehabilitation exercises to strengthen, stretch, and stabilize the shoulder
- Hands-on treatments, such as massage, that can restore your shoulder’s natural biomechanical movement
If X-rays and your symptoms indicate a tear in your rotator cuff, Dr. Nayab-Murshidi can treat the issue with regenerative medicine injections or may, in the case of complex or full tears, send you to an orthopedist for consultation.
Regenerative medicine is a cutting-edge treatment that uses cell-based compounds to re-engineer and restore damaged tissues. It’s noninvasive and offers faster healing and recovery than surgery.
If you suffer from shoulder pain, consult Vitality Medical Center immediately to have it evaluated and successfully treated. Call or use online booking to schedule your visit.