If you're suffering from shoulder pain, there are several possible causes, but only a few ways to treat it. While it can be common to be prescribed pain killers for chronic shoulder pain, this method does not do anything to help heal your shoulder. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, can both alleviate pain and promote healing. We here at The Healthy Family Chiropractic in Milton, OH, know all about should pain and how to help heal it.
The First Visit
During your initial visit, you will work with our chiropractor to determine the cause and source of your shoulder pain. It's common for shoulder injuries to occur as a result of repetitive stress or from a single incident such as lifting too much weight or an auto accident.
Once diagnosed, you'll work with our chiropractor to develop a care plan. Care will likely be a combination of office visits, home exercises, and therapies such as massage or hot and cold packs.
During a typical office visit, our chiropractor will slightly move the muscles in your shoulder to their proper position. This will alleviate pressure on nerves and will help alleviate pain. Typically, these muscles will start to move back to their "old" positions within a few hours or days of the appointment. When this happens, the pain can return.
The solution to this is to use at home therapies such as exercise and massage to control the pain until the next chiropractic session. Depending on the severity of your condition, these sessions may be as often as twice a week. With each session, the muscles will "learn" to stay in their proper position for longer periods of time. Over several weeks, this means that the pain relief you experience will last longer. When the pain does come back, it will likely not be as severe.
Long Term Goals and Maintenance
The goal is to get to the point where you can go for weeks at a time without experiencing any pain. When this happens, sessions are usually cut back to a "maintenance" session of once a month. These sessions serve as a check to make sure the muscles have not moved and to check for other health issues. Maintenance appointments rarely take more than thirty minutes, and many patients schedule them for their lunch break while at work.
Contact Us for Help with Shoulder Pain
If you're dealing with shoulder pain and you live in the Milton, OH, area, give us a call at The Healthy Family Chiropractic (905) 864-1516. We can get you an appointment to see our chiropractor as soon as possible.