Have you figured out why you are having shoulder pain?
Too often we assume it’s tendonitis, a rotator-cuff tear or some kind of impingement, because those are things that do make the shoulder hurt. But those issues are usually the result of dysfunction in other areas first—areas that get overlooked because they often are not painful themselves.
At the Elevate clinic, we have repeatedly found upper back and neck to be the main culprits, areas in which deficiencies add stress at the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint. If you get treatment on that shoulder and not those surrounding areas, you will never solve the problem—you’re just putting out the same fire over and over again.
That’s why we take a different approach to shoulder pain, by targeting its potential sources.
We start with the neck. With the so many sedentary activities in our lives, neck tissues may become sensitive over time and start referring pain in different areas of the body via the muscular or nervous systems. Even if you have a active lifestyle, you can get these referral pains from repetitive movements or past injuries. The shoulder is one of those areas that receives pain impulses from these irritated tissues, so we always check to see if the neck is working properly.
Next is the upper back and shoulder blade, or scapula. These two parts can be partners in dysfunction because they are part of the foundation from which our arms and legs move. You’ve seen how a crane or forklift operates. These machines only work if they have a solid base to move from, with a good connection from the base to their lever arms. Our solid base is the upper back, and the connection is the scapula. Without these areas helping with arm movement, we put our shoulder joint in very disadvantageous positions, causing wear and tear on the rotator-cuff tendons. That’s why we check the upper back and scapula for mobility issues, then get them moving properly.
Remember, only the right diagnosis can lead to the right treatment. So, if you’re looking for a true solution to a painful shoulder—or any other body part—please come see us so we can find out why you’re having pain and then get you moving again. This is always the first step toward being pain-free.