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Chiropractic care can relieve rotator cuff pain

You're required to use your shoulder every day, whether it's reaching for that coffee cup in the morning, carrying your child or tackling weekend chores in the yard. That type of demand requires the shoulder to have a great deal of integrity. When the shoulder joint is injured, chiropractic care can help evaluate the injury, decrease pain and prevent future issues.



What is the rotator cuff?


The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and involved joints within the shoulder complex that work together to move your shoulder into various positions.


An injury to the rotator cuff usually doesn't “just happen.” It certainly can, like in a traumatic fall or accident. But more often the injury is a result of repetitive degeneration of the rotator cuff due to faulty shoulder biomechanics.


Activities that frequently stress the rotator cuff


Playing sports like baseball and football, and work dominated by repetitive movements, like window washing, painting and carpentry, create muscular instability. The anterior muscles of the shoulder, such as the pectoralis and bicep become tight, while posterior muscles, such as the serratus, lower trapezius become weak. Factors such as poor posture, sleep position and even nutrition can facilitate further injury. This instability progresses as the shoulder complex finds new ways to move your arm in order to compensate.


Having rotator cuff pain? Here's what you should do.


Get evaluated by a trusted professional if you have shoulder pain that is limiting your activities. If unsure, ask your chiropractor what steps you can take to prevent further injury. Sometimes, all that's needed is a shift in your body mechanics when performing an activity or tweaking your workout routine to support the shoulder in a better way. However, dedicating some time to doing some strengthening exercises a couple times per day will produce more long-term results.


During an evaluation at Pinnacle Chiropractic in South Burlington, VT, Dr. Tara Flor will assess your shoulder pain, determine the cause, give you an accurate diagnosis and draft a customized solution to not just decrease your pain level, but make it stay away for good.


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