Your Most Mobile Joint
It’s so easy to take our body for granted. We don’t realize how much we use our shoulders until everyday movements cause pain. It can be painful to reach for the top shelf, pick up a child, or just wash your hair. Sound familiar?
You might be surprised to learn that your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body. The downside to that mobility is that shoulders are vulnerable to a wide range of injuries. It could be from an abnormal movement you made, an athletic injury, an accident. Sometimes patients say they aren’t even really sure when the pain began.
Shoulder Pain Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to talk with a medical professional:
- Shoulder pain that lasts for more than a week
- Shoulder pain that goes away and then returns frequently
- Difficulty raising your arm above your head
- Trouble or pain when carrying objects
- Pain in the shoulder joint that becomes more pronounced in the evening
- Bruising or swelling
- Unusual snapping or clicking sensations in the shoulder joint during movement
Shoulder pain and abnormal motion in the joint may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Even shoulder injuries that start off being quite subtle can develop into major issues when left untreated.
“It’s My Rotator Cuff”
Many people over 40 experiencing shoulder pain may believe they have a rotator cuff issue, or the start of arthritis. Their misconception leads them to put off getting a diagnosis to avoid surgery or long-term physical therapy. In reality, many people are unknowingly suffering from a condition called frozen shoulder.
Frozen shoulder (also called adhesive capsulitis) is a common disorder that causes pain, stiffness, and loss of normal range of motion in the shoulder. It is a degenerative condition that will get worse over time if not treated.
However, if diagnosed early, there is a gentle, non-invasive chiropractic treatment that offers outstanding results. There is zero down time for recovery and no rehabilitation required.
Chiropractic Care For Frozen Shoulder In Valparaiso, IN
Dr. Porterfield is one of a very few Chiropractors in the country that has trained on a specialized frozen shoulder technique that improves the range of motion to your shoulder in just a matter of minutes.
We know, it sounds too good to be true. Every patient we work with is skeptical at the start of the conversation. They find it hard to trust that their pain and lack of mobility can be improved in a matter of minutes.
That is exactly why Dr. Porterfield dedicated himself to training for this specialized frozen shoulder treatment. It’s incredibly satisfying for our entire staff to see patients experience relief and regain over 90% of their range of motion.
It just takes a short evaluation with Dr. Porterfield to determine if a patient is a good candidate for the technique.
Get A Proper Diagnosis
If you take away one thing from this blog, we hope it’s that you feel inspired to seek answers about your shoulder pain. Delaying a proper diagnosis and treatment can lead to lifelong, debilitating issues.
Start by speaking with a trusted medical professional who will help you identify the cause of your shoulder pain. Surgery and long term physical therapy are not always required, depending on a proper diagnosis.
Contact Porterfield Family Chiropractic to learn more about the options for frozen shoulder available to you in Valparaiso.