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Young man having pain in his shoulder

Young man having pain in his shoulder

Sunland-Tujunga Best Option for Shoulder Pain:

Dr. Richardson has treated numerous patients from Sunland-Tujunga and Glendale with unrelenting

shoulder pain in which conventional efforts proved ineffective. Below you can read a detailed account

from Dr. Richardson and his experience of what patients in the Sunland-Tujunga area experience when it

comes to shoulder pain:

Hello, my name is Dr. Charles E. Richardson III D.C. and I am a chiropractor serving the

Sunland-Tujunga area as well as many patients from surrounding neighborhoods such as La

Crescenta, Sylmar, La Canada, and Glendale. For these patients, I know shoulder pain can often

be extremely frustrating. Some people go months or even years trying to cope with the pain

and stiffness in their shoulder. Many experience severe pain at night, which prevents them

from getting the proper rest and healing they need. Unfortunately, many of the main stream

methods of treating shoulder pathologies never actually address the root problem in the

shoulder complex itself. I use the word “complex” for a reason, because your shoulder is just

that in fact, very complex. If you look at your shoulder you will notice that it actually has many

different parts and regions. There is the front of your shoulder, back of your shoulder, the top

and bottom. It connects on top to your neck. The side of your shoulder forms part of your arm.

The front comprises of a sternal and clavicular region while the back will again meet with your

neck, but also your upper/mid back and your shoulder blade. There 4 rather small muscles that

provide integrity to your shoulder joint which we call collectively the rotator cuff muscles. Their

main function is to provide stabilization to the joint. There are several, but I will mention two

very large primary movers in the pectoralis muscle in the front on your chest and the latissimus

dorsi in the back that are responsible for moving your arm forward and backward, respectively,

in a horizontal plane.

In treating many, many shoulders over the years in Sunland-Tujunga and Glendale I would have

to say that approximately 80% of all shoulder pathologies that show up in my office are a result

of rotator cuff strain. The strain occurs because the shoulder complex is not performing like it is

supposed to. That is, the rotator cuff muscles are not working well with the primary movers.

These rotator cuff muscles become over and under used. Some are working too hard, usually

the supraspinatus and others are not working hard enough like the infraspinatus. In addition,

the primary movers see this problem and step in to help out. The upper trapezius muscles begin

to spasm to hold the shoulder joint in place because of the lack of integrity being provided by

the infraspinatus and teres minor. As a result of that, the shoulders roll forward and the neck

juts forward and now the pectoralis is unnecessarily turned on as well as the anterior deltoids.

And guess what, your posterior ribs or upper rib cage in your back that is supposed to sit under

your shoulder blade are now exposed and the muscles on top of them are spasming out holding

on for dear life. All these problems as mentioned above causes excess strain and pull on the

good ol’ rotator cuff muscles in particular the supraspinatus. That’s why the pain shows up on

the top and front part of your shoulder and sometimes it may be very painful and difficult to lift

something overhead. Well now, I can go on and on but I hope you are getting the picture of

how dysfunctional your shoulder “complex” can become. And I am just getting warmed up.

The good news is that the treatment for these types of conditions is amazingly succesfull.

Usually after just one treatment using premodulated electrical stimulation, heat, ultrasound,

laser therapy, and Graston/ART with a possible adjustment to the affected areas and finally

postural exercises a significant difference is noticed. I made a case for the rotator cuff but other

conditions can be just as painful and frustrating if not more so. Some other pathologies that I

diagnose and treat are listed below:

– Frozen shoulder/Adhesive capsulitis

– Cervicobrachial syndrome

– Cervical Radiculopathy (radiating electrical type pain going down the arm/hand

– Labral tears (OUCH!)

– AC tears

– Arthritis of Glenohumeral (true shoulder socket) and AC joints