Shoulder Pain

Ventura Family Chiropractic

Adam McKillican, DC

Chiropractic located in Ventura, CA & Santa Paula, CA

Shoulder pain can make it hard to exercise, get dressed, and even sleep comfortably. To figure out the cause of your shoulder pain, visit Adam McKillican, DC, at Ventura Family Chiropractic. With 20 years of experience, Dr. McKillican provides shoulder pain relief for adults and children in Ventura, California. To book an appointment, use the online tool or call the office now.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why does my shoulder hurt?

Shoulder pain can result from specific injuries, abnormal posture, and wear-and-tear. Common issues that affect the shoulder include:

  • Sleeping on your shoulder or with your arms overhead
  • Slouched or hunched posture
  • Shoulder muscle tightness or weakness
  • Overhead sports
  • Previous shoulder injury
  • Imbalance of muscle strength between the chest and back
  • Neck pain

Dr. McKillican begins your visit by asking about the location of your pain, any known causes, and factors that aggravate or improve your pain.

What causes shoulder pain?

To determine the exact cause of your shoulder pain, Dr. McKillican performs a thorough physical exam and potentially orders X-rays or an MRI. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Impingement syndrome
  • Upper cross syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Labral tear
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Frozen shoulder

Dr. McKillican can address all of these issues through chiropractic care and rehab, though he’ll refer you to an orthopedic specialist if surgery or medication is needed to relieve your pain or correct a severe injury.

What happens during a shoulder exam?

In addition to your medical history and any necessary imaging, Dr. McKillican includes a complete shoulder exam during your first visit. The exam begins by measuring your range of motion as you lift your arm overhead, behind you, and in front of you. Dr. McKillican then checks your muscle strength, reflexes, and nerve sensations.

He’ll press on specific areas around your shoulder, neck, and arm to check for tenderness, numbness, and tingling. Other orthopedic tests involve holding your shoulder at different angles, compressing your shoulder joint, and stretching the joint.

Some tests may make your pain worse, while others may relieve your pain. Let Dr. McKillican know if either of these is the case. After your complete exam, Dr. McKillican diagnoses the cause of your shoulder pain and outlines a treatment strategy.

How is shoulder pain treated?

To treat shoulder pain, Dr. McKillican takes a multiple-step approach to decrease your pain, improve your flexibility, and strengthen your shoulder joint. This may involve chiropractic adjustments, muscle work, hydromassage, stretching, or exercises.

Depending on your diagnosis and lifestyle, Dr. McKillican tailors your treatment to your specific goals and activities so you can feel better and return to your normal chores, work tasks, and workouts as soon as possible.

Get help with your shoulder pain by calling or scheduling a visit online at Ventura Family Chiropractic.