shoulder arm painShoulder pain or arm pain causes can be obvious in instances when you injure the arm or shoulder and immediately feel pain. You may have broken a bone or dislocated your shoulder. If you suddenly feel pain after lifting perhaps you strained tendons or ligaments by carrying too much weight for a long time, by lifting something that was very heavy. 

Commonly the rotator cuff is injured by overreaching or overexerting your arm--as when playing sports when you're out of shape--or by keeping your arm in an awkward position, or even by sleeping on the shoulder. The resulting pain can range from an annoying ache to acute pain that makes it hard for you to use the injured arm.

Other shoulder pains can be felt, extending to further joints in your body, and if other symptoms - like swelling, numbness, tingling, fever, fatigue, and insomnia--accompany the pain. The causes of shoulder and arm pain include tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and gout. Pain can also result from a reaction to medications such as penicillin, anti-anxiety drugs, and oral contraceptives. Whiplash injuries, common in auto accidents, can also cause shoulder, arm or rotator cuff pain.

Shoulder and arm pain sometimes is referred from some distal region of the body, as when someone suffering a heart attack feels pain in the left shoulder and down the left arm. Also referred from nerves associated with the joints in the upper spine or "trigger points" in the back, which are particularly responsive to chiropractic spinal adjustments designed to treat these problems.

It is important to pinpoint the cause and begin the most appropriate treatment. He or she will discover if your problem is mild and transitory or serious and likely to trouble you for a long time. A broken bone cannot be treated in the same manner as bursitis or tendonitis. Arthritis and gout call for different care than pain originating in nerves supplying the shoulder and arm. Your chiropractor will decide which treatment will be best for you and if referral to a specialist will be necessary.

Our doctors can treat frozen shoulder, a severe inflammation technically known as adhesive capsulitis. We are accustomed to relieving painful trigger points between the spine and shoulder. Many chiropractors, especially those with additional training in sports medicine, are experienced in the care and rehabilitation of professional and amateur athletes who have injured their shoulders or arms. And all of our doctors will also help you modify your habits and lifestyle to protect yourself from arm and shoulder injuries and ailments.

We offer complimentary consultations so that you can discover natural solutions for your health.

Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your health or considering care for shoulder or arm pain. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville and Port Credit Village in Mississauga.

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