Shoulder Pain

Integrative Healthcare Solutions offers chiropractic care for those suffering from shoulder pain in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas. The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body with a lot of range of motion in many different directions. This means the chance of injury to this region is higher.

Not only is the shoulder the most flexible joint in the human body, it is also one of the most unstable. among athletes, the shoulder injuries are quite common; the shoulder sustains more injuries that almost all other parts of the body.

The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body with a lot of range of motion in many different directions. The shoulder is particularly vulnerable to injury due to its unique construction. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. While other joints in the body such as the ankle or elbow have a somewhat limited range of motion, the shoulder has a wide range of motion. As a freely moving joint, the shoulder is susceptible to stress, injury, and pain. The joint includes four tendons that hold muscle to bone.

Together, these four “rotator cuff” tendons stabilize the upper arm bone to the shoulder socket and allow a wide range of motion in the shoulder. It’s important to remember that the shoulder is a fragile joint in a variety of ways, and that is why we have such great range of motion. But, if you do have a shoulder injury, it is quite crucial to get it checked out sooner rather than later so that you can resolve it before it turns into a more chronic problem.

Preventing shoulder pain and injury is normally relatively simple. Athletes and workers whose jobs require repetitive arm work or rotation should take a warm up and cool down before playing/working, and if possibly take breaks in between strenuous activities. Pain should be addressed sooner than later; apply ice packs immediately and schedule a chiropractic appointment. Ignoring shoulder pain could lead to a more serious injury. A chiropractor can also recommend exercises specifically geared toward certain types of injuries or conditions – they should be followed to the letter.

Common Reasons for Shoulder Pain

However careful you may be, it is understandable that injury to the shoulder is likely to happen. Shoulder pain can be caused by a number of conditions. Injury to the rotator cuff is one of the most common causes and is commonly seen in athletes, like gymnasts and tennis players, who use their arms and shoulders frequently and tend to put increased stress on the joint. Any activity that involves repetitive shoulder movements can also cause injury. Swimmers, football players, and baseball players are highly susceptible to injury as well.

Athletes are not the only ones who experience shoulder pain and injury. People who work in an environment that requires repetitive motion or strenuous upper body work are also at risk. Construction workers commonly experience shoulder injury and pain as do truck drivers. Chiropractic care is often the treatment of choice for shoulder pain because it is minimally invasive and it works! As is often the case, pain in one part of the body can cause pain in other areas. In the case of shoulder pain, the spine and neck may become inflamed. Chiropractic care addresses all areas of the body to relieve pain without drugs and gets the patient on the road to healing quicker. To help identify the cause of your problem, our Jacksonville chiropractor, Dr. Vesce, will discuss your symptoms and previous injuries, your family health history, and your lifestyle, including recreational and work related physical activities.

Common Sports Injuries That Causes Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many common causes of this problem. With many different types of moving parts in this region made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves that navigate through this complex area there are many different types of injuries. It is very important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed. Luckily, chiropractors successfully treat shoulder pain on a regular basis. Shoulder problems are treated by adjusting the spine to make sure that the nerves that go to the shoulder are functioning properly. Our Jacksonville chiropractors also use a variety of modalities as part of your treatment plan, which might include things like heat or ice, ultrasound, cold laser, stretching and strengthening exercises.


One of the most common diagnosis's in patients with shoulder pain is bursitis or tendonitis of the rotator cuff. Bursitis is the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac (or bursa) that lies between the tendon and skin or between the tendon and bone. Normally a bursa protects the joint and helps make movement more fluid.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis-

Tendonitis is when tendons in the shoulder become compressed under the rigid bony arch of the shoulder. The compressed tendons become inflamed and/or damaged and as a result cause pain. This can occur from general wear and tear. As you get older, an activity that requires constant shoulder use like pitching a baseball, rock-climbing, etc. can easily increase the risk of this type of injury.


Shoulder arthritis is less common than knee and hip arthritis, but when severe may require a joint replacement surgery. Arthritis is a gradual narrowing of the joints and loss of protective cartilage in the joints about the shoulder.

Rotator Cuff Tear-

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that help move and stabilize the shoulder. When damage is caused to any or all of the four muscles, injury is bound to occur. A rotator cuff tear in particular occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone.

Frozen Shoulder-

Frozen shoulder is a common condition that leads to the stiffness of the joint. Physical therapy and stretching are extremely important aspects for treatment..

Calcific Tendonitis-

Calcific tendonitis happens when calcium deposits within a tendon — most commonly within the rotator cuff tendons. Treatment of calcific tendonitis depends on the extent of the initial or lasting symptoms.

Shoulder Instability-

Instability is a problem that causes a loose joint in the shoulder. Instability can be caused by a traumatic injury (dislocation and/or accident), or may be caused by a developed condition.

Shoulder Dislocation-

A dislocation is an injury that occurs when the top of the arm bone becomes disconnected from the scapula.

Shoulder Separation-

Also known as an AC separation, these injuries are the result of a disruption of the AC joint. Although what appears to be a somewhat similar injury, a shoulder separation is quite a different injury than a dislocation!

Biceps Tendon Rupture-

A proximal biceps tendon rupture occurs when the tendon of the biceps muscle ruptures near the joint.

Drug-free Jacksonville Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain

Special chiropractic techniques may relieve the pressure that is causing your shoulder pain. After locating the misaligned vertebrae in your neck, your chiropractor manually applies gentle pressure and repositions the vertebrae. These adjustments can help restore alignment, improve mobility, and relieve pain and stiffness. Your chiropractor may recommend other types of treatment for relieving your shoulder pain. These may include moist heat, ice packs, massage, traction, or stretching and strengthening exercises.

Our chiropractor can and will discuss these different types of aids with you. Chiropractic care can be very beneficial for the patient with a shoulder injury or shoulder pain. It can help to reduce or relieve pain, improve range of motion, increase flexibility, and restore function to the joint. Different chiropractic techniques are used depending on the type of injury or condition. Chiropractic treatment deals with pain relief through specialized spinal manipulations that target the musculoskeletal and the nervous system. The chiropractor evaluates not only shoulder pain, but an individual's overall health, including formulation of diet and exercises based on a person's lifestyle.

It is important that the shoulder goes through a lot in a day. It is comprised of an intricate network of ligaments and muscles, with the rotator cuff taking the brunt of much of the movement and exertion.

Please call our Jacksonville Beach chiropractic office today at (904) 372-0623 and start feeling relief from shoulder pain in Jacksonville, FL.

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