Shoulder pain can stop a grown man in his tracks. It can be both annoyingly nagging or intensely severe but most often chronic. Shoulder pain is met with a combination of surgery and medications. There is very little, if no attention toward finding the cause of the pain- especially when nothing shows up on an MRI. The shoulder is interestingly the most flexible group of muscles in the body but this makes it also the most unstable. It is not uncommon to see repeat shoulder injuries since it is difficult to maintain both the flexibility and the stability at the same time. Because the functionality of the shoulder differs from other parts of the body, the root cause of chronic shoulder pain often needs a different lens.
A New Lens
This different lens does not include pain pills, muscle relaxers, anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), corticosteroids, and antidepressants. These five categories of drugs are the most common, quick fix aids that most standard medical doctors give. Many people are given all five types of drugs at the same time with the side effects and further injury building up. When these no longer work (because that will happen) or are no longer desired, then surgical options are offered. Any level of tear is generally offered a surgical solution, but the medical evidence, and empirical data suggests that perhaps the only shoulder tear that benefits significantly from surgery is a full, disconnected tear. This needs to be surgically reattached, but in cases of partial tears, surgery is often not the best option. This means there has to be another way. A new lens. Integrative health, specifically chiropractic care and physiotherapy see pain through the lens of identifying the root cause of pain and correcting it. When you see pain through the lens of “why” then you begin digging a little deeper. One of the shoulder pain issues that will likely come up is the mechanical overload on the fascia of the shoulder. Fascia is a membrane like layer of tissue whose damage is hidden on MRI. This overload comes most often from trauma or repetitive activities, but can often be the missing link to solving your pain.
Find Your Why
The right chiropractor, like a chiropractor, will understand how trigger points, fascia, improper biomechanical movements, chronic inflammation, and tightness affects both your pain and your shoulders ability to heal. If overuse, improper movements, or injury are the root of your pain, but you don’t have relief, keep asking why and get with a practitioner who doesn’t settle for you being in pain and does not put your health in danger by prescribing unnecessary medications and surgery.
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