Why does my shoulder hurt?

Lately, I’ve been seeing a number of patients with shoulder pain. I am not what you would call a “Sports Chiropractor” and it is not my intention to become one. While I think it’s great that many of my colleagues are active among the sports community and find it exciting that may teams (college, professional, and Olympic) are selecting chiropractors to be one their medical staff and even as lead doctor in some cases. The fact is, this is not my area of interest. However, 6 months ago I was approached by a sales rep from Gold’s Gym and decided to run a advertising campaign with them. The main thing that attracted me was the opportunity to be in the gym once per month, talking with people and promoting my business.

But I digress, my point is that since that happened, I have found myself with a lot of patients who have sports related injuries/ conditions. These are not professional athletes, but people who exercise/ workout on a regular basis. They come in with neck & back pain, hip pain, knee pain, foot pain, hand/ wrist pain, elbow pain, and shoulder pain. The patients with shoulder pain often have problems that are, at least partly, caused by poor posture and improper form while doing exercises. With this on my mind, I was attracted to a post from a company I’ve only worked with a little in the past.

WebExercises is a company that helps doctors connect their patients with valuable exercises to help with their rehabilitation process. They recently posted about How to Prevent Shoulder Injuries Among Swimmers Through Corrective Exercise Programming. This article has a number of useful insights and suggestions.

Swimmer's Shoulder

“Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints among swimmers, both competitive and recreational, with a prevalence rate ranging from 40% to 91%.”

“Due to the repetitive activity, this condition is generally gradual in onset and can be caused by a variety of reasons including muscular imbalances, glenohumeral laxity and postural faults to name a few.”

It really is remarkable how much poor posture can impact how our activities affect our bodies. If you find that normal activities or exercises are causing abnormal pains in your body, go see your chiropractor! We can recommend simple changes and exercises that can improve your posture and reduce your pain long term, as well as provide treatments to help restore your functioning and reduce your pain in the short term.

“The two main regions which are mainly affected by overuse injuries in swimming are the rotator cuff muscles, the primary stabilizers of the glenohumeral joint, and scapular stabilization muscles including the trapezius, rhomboid, levator scapula and serratus anterior.”

Follow the link above to see the suggested exercises, or click here to schedule an appointment at Schroeppel Chiropratic today!


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