Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain, shoulder pain, shoulder pain…Something everybody dreads.

Why? Because it’s painful! Also, you don’t realize how much you use your shoulder until it hurts.

Now, you’re here because you want to know if a chiropractor can help or treat your shoulder pain right?

The good news is YES, Chiropractors can help!

At the same time, it also depends on exactly what the problem is, so keep that in mind.

Stay with me here and let’s dive on deep on this topic, I’m going to talk about a lot here but specifically why a Chiropractor should be your first resource to consider when looking for shoulder pain treatment.

How Common Are Shoulder Pain Symptoms?

Shoulder pain is a common health concern that nearly 70% of people will experience at some point in their life. I am often asked, can chiropractic help? Yes but it also depends.

Why? Because pinpointing the exact cause and location of shoulder pain is difficult and nearly impossible without a thorough evaluation and understanding of the anatomical structures of the shoulder.

A Detailed Breakdown of the Shoulder

There are multiple components to the shoulder-complex and symptoms of shoulder pain in different regions can be indicative of different shoulder problems.

Some which a chiropractor can treat, others that would be more suited for physical therapy, exercise, or possibly another provider such as an orthopedic surgeon.

Here is a great guide that dives deep on shoulder pain and common shoulder pain problems. What I like about this guide, is how it details the possible causes of shoulder pain thoroughly, so be sure to check it out.

Why Visit A Chiropractor To Help With Shoulder Pain Treatment & Diagnosis?

Here is a video from Austin Chiropractor, Jeff Echols, doing a shoulder chiropractic adjustment on a patient.

One of the most interesting things he says here and I agree with is “the potential to hurt your shoulder is higher than almost any other joint in the body”. Which brings me to my next point.

When you have symptoms of Shoulder Pain, The most logical first visit should be a chiropractor.

You might wonder why? The answer is because Chiropractors are trained to assess shoulder problems and determine the proper course of care.

If the chiropractor believes they can help, they should begin with proper care, as this is non-invasive and may be the best option for correcting the source of pain.

Dr. Kendall Going Through An X-RAY With a Patient

However, if the chiropractor cannot help, he/she can write you a referral for physical therapy or if it is determined that surgery may be necessary, an orthopedic surgeon (in most states).

Oftentimes, going to a Chiropractor first for a diagnosis, circumvents the need for anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, and/or pain medications which can help alleviate pain but do little to fix the underlying problem.

A Few Reasons Shoulder Pain Can Happen

Ultimately, determining the cause of Shoulder pain is necessary in order to provide the proper care to you, the patient. The source of pain can find its origin in many places. But, one very common cause stems from abnormal neck positioning.

Here in this video, Physical Therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck help you to determine exactly what is causing your shoulder pain, with simple tests you can do right now at home.

Once again, because there can be so many causes to your shoulder pain it is best to be physically evaluated by a competent Chiropractor such as myself! 😉

Another reason for Shoulder Pain, is a misalignment in the spine causing nerve interference (subluxation) is present which can cause abnormal function in the muscles surrounding the shoulder complex.

What does this lead to? A persistent problem where massages, stretches, exercises, and other remedies may provide temporary relief but no lasting, long-term benefit or fix.

This is a key indication that the Shoulder pain may be originating from a central (spine related) cause. When postural/spinal deviations are found during a chiropractic evaluation, it changes how the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and ultimately joints function.

Chiropractors address this by adjusting the spine, shoulder, and other joints to alleviate misalignment and dysfunction. This allows not only shoulder pain treatment but also optimal function.

So Can A Chiropractor Help With Shoulder Pain Treatment?


At the same time, a thorough evaluation is necessary to ensure the best care possible and a trained chiropractor should be your first stop towards pain relief!

At Aurora Chiropractic, we do free consultations. We take motion x-rays and use tools such as Spinal Thermography and NASA Published Surface Electromyography (SEMG) to look at your spine, muscles, and nervous system, so we can give you accurate diagnosis.

Insurance usually covers Chiropractic Care pretty well, so you shouldn’t have any issues.

If your feeling any shoulder, lower back, neck, hip, or any other pain, I’d recommend you come in for a free consultation. Especially if you’ve had consistent pain, it probably will not go away on its own.

Always feel free to reach out to us here at Aurora Chiropractic, we’d love to help!

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