Your neck has to support the weight of your head and the physical stresses imposed by the vast array of head movements that are involved in day to day living. The nerves that connect your brain to your body, arms and legs must travel through your neck. With the amount of time we spend during the day at work with computers, driving or doing repetitive tasks or at home at the PC, ironing, or preparing food it is not surprising that we need a little chiropractic help from time to time to keep our necks free of aches and pains.
Poor posture from bending, repeated lifting or manual work will in time lead to neck pain. Once the joints of your neck start to stiffen up there may be interference with the healthy functioning of the nerves that run through the neck, leading to nerve irritation. This can in turn develop into ‘referred pain’ as it passes to other areas along the pathways of the irritated nerve, leading us to treat your neck for problems with your head, upper back, shoulders and arms.
Treatment may involve specific “adjustments” (manipulation) done by hand to free stiff joints and to ease spinal nerve irritation. Aids to recovery may include using ice, heat or massage treatment amongst others. It will be important to support your treatment with individual advice on exercise, work and lifestyle in order to speed recovery and to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of the problem.
Shoulder problems take many forms and careful diagnosis is essential in order to determine the most effective treatment. Treatment for a frozen shoulder for example is quite different to treatment for a rotator cuff injury.
At Healthcare 2000 we can advise on the most appropriate management of your shoulder aches and pains, whether it is by our chiropractors, our physiotherapist or by our sports & rehabilitation therapist.
Causes of shoulder pain
We begin by manually examining all your shoulder muscles and ligaments and will test for cartilage damage. Arthritis of the shoulder is not too common as it is not designed for weight bearing but we do see it occasionally.
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body but this mobility is gained at a cost, as its range of motion leaves it vulnerable to instability. The ball at the top of the upper arm covers a larger surface area than the bony part of the shoulder socket against which it lies, leaving it open to injury. To prevent it from slipping, the shoulder must be firmly anchored by its muscles, ligaments and tendons. Damage can occur in any of these tissues, leading to shoulder pain. The pain can be localised or it may be referred to areas around the shoulder or even down the arm. Problems in the neck may also cause pain that travels along nerves to the shoulder or may lower the pain threshold, triggering pain that might otherwise be hidden.
Shoulder problems that our clinicians may be able to help:
- Rotator cuff injury
- Impingement syndrome
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Arthritis pain
- SLAP tears (cartilage tear)
- Rehabilitation after fracture, surgery or dislocation