Although composed of only three bones, the shoulder is the most mobile area of the human body, able to move in more directions and with greater range of motion than any other joints. Comprised of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm), it is also the most unstable, simply due to the ball of the upper arm being larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. The shoulder is anchored and motivated by a large number of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, damage to any one of which may cause considerable discomfort.
Shoulders are commonly the victim of sprains, strains, dislocations, tendinitis, bursitis, injured rotator cuffs, fractures, and arthritis. You can work to prevent shoulder injuries through exercise, such as basic shoulder strengthening (attaching an elastic tube to a door and pulling back for a five count before releasing), wall push-ups (same as a regular push up, except against a wall or other vertical service), and press ups (sitting in a chair and using your arms to lift you up, hold for a five count, then release).
One of the best methods to treat a shoulder and arm pain is a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy treatment (including spinal decompression (Vax-D)).
The Back and Neck Institute can eliminate your pain and get you back to doing the things you love. We've been helping pain sufferers like you in Jacksonville and Orange Park FL for over 35 years. Call us today at (904) 269-2437 to schedule your consultation!