Shoulder pain can be debilitating. When it persists for longer than a day or flares randomly, it could interfere with your ability to complete everyday tasks or prevent you from moving your arm at all. Unfortunately, many things could be at the root of your shoulder pain problem.

One common cause of shoulder pain is not rooted in joint or muscle tears, but the positioning of the shoulder blade, or scapula, itself. When the muscles and tissues around the scapular are weak, the scapula may shift out of place, preventing stable movement and potentially leading to injury.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, the chiropractic team at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV would love to help. Using holistic approaches including massage, physical therapy and Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques, we may be able to put your bones and muscles back in their correct places to facilitate easier, more comfortable movement.

How can scapular shift occur?

The scapula is the “socket” to your humerus; together, the two bones create the shoulder joint that facilitates movement.

Like most other bones in the body, the scapula is held in position in your shoulder by a network of surrounding muscles. Injury to these muscles, weakness in the tissues, or injury to the nerves may reduce the support the scapula gets, causing it to eventually slip out of place. Poor posture, acute injury, or overuse might cause these things.

If this happens, the scapula may shit out of position either at rest or while in motion. This may cause symptoms including pain while the arm is at rest or in motion, weakness in the arm, fatigue, a “snapping” sound during movement, and reduced mobility in the affected arm.

Rectifying shifts in the scapula

If your scapula shifts, you’ll want to visit a professional who can identify the issue and its underlying causes. From there, you may have a few options when it comes to getting the scapula back into the correct placement.

Chiropractic adjustments may be beneficial in alleviating spinal and rib misalignments, both of which help support your scapula. Adjustments may also help solve problems with posture that potentially led to your shifted scapula.

Your chiropractor may also utilize techniques like massage to loosen stiff muscles that might be holding the scapula in the wrong position and alleviate pain in the area. Then, they might use physical therapy treatments and exercise to help you strengthen the muscles around the scapula to more easily hold it in place. Together, these methods may help strengthen your shoulder and lay the foundation for a more supported scapula and shoulder joint.

Treat the condition, not the symptoms

At Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV, our chiropractic experts are adept at treating patients holistically for the best results. Rather than administering pain medication, we can help find and attempt to rectify the underlying problems that are causing your pain, potentially resulting in long-term comfort and strength. Call us today to learn more about our services and how we may be able to help alleviate your pain!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.