If you are suffering from shoulder pain, it might be caused by a strain in the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. The AC joint is located at the top of your shoulder where your collarbone and shoulder blade meet. Injuries to this area can be painful and affect your ability to move your arm or shoulder normally. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help alleviate some of the pain associated with AC joint strain. Let’s take a look at how chiropractic care can help.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help with an AC Joint Strain
Chiropractors specialize in treating musculoskeletal problems like AC joint strain. They use a variety of techniques to reduce pain and improve mobility, such as spinal manipulation, manual treatments, and ultrasound. These techniques help to restore normal movement in the joints and muscles around the AC joint, which can provide relief from discomfort. Additionally, a chiropractic doctor may advise lifestyle modifications such as exercise or dietary changes that may further reduce inflammation and improve symptoms.
Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in treating other types of shoulder injuries as well. For instance, research has found that chiropractic treatments can reduce pain and improve the range of motion in people with frozen shoulder syndrome or rotator cuff tendonitis. A chiropractor will often combine their treatments with physiotherapy exercises to strengthen weakened muscles that may be contributing to the injury or discomfort.
Chiropractors also offer advice on ergonomic adjustments you can make to your workspace or daily activities to reduce future risk of injury or overuse syndromes related to your occupation or hobbies. This type of advice is especially important for people who work at a desk all day since sitting for long periods of time can cause tension in the neck and shoulders due to bad posture. A chiropractor may suggest stretching exercises during breaks throughout the day or other measures that can help prevent further injury or aggravation of existing issues such as AC joint strain.
Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat any type of musculoskeletal issue affecting the shoulders, including AC joint strain. By combining various treatments such as spinal manipulation, manual treatments, ultrasound, and physiotherapy exercises with lifestyle modifications such as diet changes and ergonomic adjustments tailored specifically for you, a chiropractor can help reduce pain and improve overall mobility associated with AC joint strain so you can get back to living life comfortably without pain.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or another chiropractor in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!