Coping with Arthritis Pain in Your Shoulders

Estimates show that 37% of older adults in the United States suffer from at least one form of arthritis. Although there’s no known cure for arthritis, there are several management therapies that can reduce inflammation in your joints, muscles, and tendons. 

In the shoulders, arthritis can manifest itself in many forms. Some types of arthritis come with pain and stiffness, while others can come with seemingly unrelated symptoms such as weight loss, fever, and nodules. 

The most common forms of arthritis in the shoulder are osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear), rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune response), and post-traumatic arthritis (traumatic injury). 

Our team at All Care Chiropractic can help you get a diagnosis for your shoulder pain and develop a personalized treatment plan that not only tackles your symptoms but also improves your overall health. Here are some approaches we use to address shoulder pain.

Chiropractic adjustments 

Shoulders can move out of alignment after years of overuse or poor posture, leading to inflammation and pain. Our team at All Care Chiropractic uses gentle and pain-free adjustments that realign your shoulders to eliminate the root cause of your pain and discomfort.

When comparing the satisfaction rates of conventional pain management therapies and chiropractic care, one study found that chiropractic patients were more satisfied with the outcome of their treatment than were medical patients.

Corrective exercises for your posture 

Slouching and looking down at electronic devices for prolonged periods of time puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on your neck and shoulders. 

Back exercises are your biggest defense against spine and shoulder issues. However, because shoulder pain limits your mobility, you may need to seek specialized help to strengthen your muscles without causing more damage in the process. 

Vitamins and minerals 

Vitamins and minerals play an important role in fighting oxidative stress and keeping your muscles and joints strong and healthy. 

If you have a stressful job or you don’t eat a diet rich in vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats (omega 3 is known for its beneficial effects on joints), you may develop deficiencies. Physician-grade supplements can help strengthen your bones and joints and lower your inflammation levels.

Treatment options for shoulder pain 

Depending on what’s causing your shoulder pain, your treatment plan may include physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and a muscle strengthening program. At All Care Chiropractic, our top priority is to reduce your pain and inflammation. We create a long-term plan for you to regain your shoulder mobility and function.

If you live in or near Annapolis, Laurel, or Bowie, and you suffer from shoulder pain, contact us to schedule an appointment and start your recovery process today.

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