Shoulder pain is a common complaint addressed by Dr. Andrew Lobacz of Lobacz Chiropractic. He can help you regain full range of motion in the joint, so you can throw a pitch, reach a high shelf, or lift weights without pain. He considers all possible causes of your pain to find resolution — he doesn’t just treat the symptoms. If you live in the Evansville, Indiana, area and have shoulder pain, call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment today.
The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint, moving in multiple directions. This makes the joint extremely functional, but also makes it vulnerable to injury. The joint contains numerous tendons, ligaments, large muscles, nerves, and bones. All of these tissues are subject to osteoarthritis or inflammatory arthritis, impingement, and overuse.
In some cases, you might feel pain in the shoulder when the actual source of the pain stems from a misalignment in your spine, or an issue with your wrist or elbow.
Many types of shoulder pain respond well to chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care recognizes that the connected parts of the body affect each other and that injury or dysfunction in your shoulder might be the result of dysfunction in another area. Shoulder pain due to a spinal subluxation — or misalignment — is readily treated with manual manipulations. Dr. Lobacz can treat other causes of pain, including inflamed bursae, called bursitis, arthritis, tendinitis, instability, and impingement.
When you come in for an appointment, Dr. Lobacz discusses your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle habits. He performs a thorough physical exam of your spine, shoulders, wrists, neck, and elbows to determine what types of movements cause pain and hones in on a cause for your pain.
Dr. Lobacz commonly sees patients with shoulder impingement, which occurs when your rotator cuff tendons get trapped and compressed when you move your shoulder. The connective tissue gets compressed under the outer edge of your shoulder blade, resulting in pain when you move your arm from shoulder height to overhead, or muscle weakness when you reach or lift.
Impingement of the shoulder often results from poor posture or overuse.
Dr. Lobacz uses a variety of chiropractic treatment techniques to address shoulder pain. These include joint manipulation and mobilization techniques that improve the function of the joint and reduce inflammation in the surrounding soft tissue.
While Dr. Lobacz does treat your acute pain at the source, he also emphasizes prevention and regular chiropractic care to prevent a recurrence of shoulder pain.
He may also offer you ergonomic recommendations for work or home to improve your posture over time and prevent pain. He often educates on stretching and physiotherapy exercises that can also reduce pain in the long term.