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Shoulder Pain Specialist

David Cox, D.C. -  - Chiropractor

Little Elm Chiropractic

David Cox, D.C.

Chiropractor located in Little Elm, TX

Shoulder pain is a common problem that affects about 25% of the population at any given time. Though it typically responds to conservative treatments, shoulder pain that persists may require professional medical help. At Little Elm Chiropractic, David Cox, DC, uses holistic, non-invasive treatments to manage shoulder pain. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Little Elm, Texas, call to speak with the administrative team or use the online booking tool.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain refers to any swelling, stiffness, or irritation that affects one (or both) shoulder joints.

Your shoulders are incredibly flexible, allowing for a wide range of motion. Unfortunately, this versatility increases the risk of injuries and general wear-and-tear. 

Anyone can experience shoulder pain, but it’s especially common in people aged 60 and older. That’s because the soft tissues that surround and support your shoulder tend to degenerate with age.

What causes shoulder pain?

Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Bone spurs
  • Broken shoulder
  • Pinched nerve

You might also experience shoulder pain due to a sports or work-related injury.

When should I visit the chiropractor regarding shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain isn’t always a serious problem. Most mild and moderate cases respond well to conservative at-home treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol). 

If your shoulder pain persists for more than a week and affects your mobility, contact Little Elm Chiropractic right away.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

To diagnose shoulder pain, Little Elm Chiropractic providers review your medical history and conduct a comprehensive physical. During the exam, they assess your shoulder for areas of tenderness or swelling and test your range of motion.

Afterward, your provider asks a series of questions, including:

  • Is the pain in one shoulder or both?
  • Does it hurt more during certain activities?
  • Is the pain sharp or dull?
  • Are there any activities that make the pain better?

Answer your provider’s questions as honestly as possible. Your responses play an important role in guiding treatment. 

If an exam doesn’t provide enough insight, your provider might also order a series of X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints that make up your shoulder.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Treatment for shoulder pain depends on the underlying cause and the intensity of your symptoms. Typically, Little Elm Chiropractic recommends conservative, non-invasive measures, including:

  • Routine chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • CBD products
  • Biofreeze®

You might also benefit from healthy lifestyle changes like at-home stretches, dietary adjustments, or exercise modifications. 

If you regularly experience shoulder pain, request an appointment at Little Elm Chiropractic. Call to speak with the administrative team or use the online booking tool.