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Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and is actually made up of 4 separate joints. Due to its mobility, the shoulder complex is subject to a wide range of injuries and conditions. Shoulder pain can be caused by neck and upper back issues, arthritis, athletic events, traumatic injuries, car accidents, abnormal motion, and much more. Symptom onset can be immediate (as from a traumatic injury or sporting injury) or gradual (as from arthritis, sprains/strains, or overuse). Since we use our shoulder on a daily basis, injuries to any area of the shoulder complex can negatively affect many aspects of daily living. Even minor injuries and pain should be treated early to prevent progression into a more serious condition.

Shoulder Pain

Some common symptoms of shoulder injury include clunking or clicking in the shoulder, decreased shoulder motion, pain with overhead movements, difficulty lifting your arm above your head, numbness or tingling in the arm or hand, difficulty carrying objects, pain with certain motions, and more.

As with any type of pain, treatment depends on the cause of the problem. Our team of doctors at Rethwisch Family Chiropractic has specialized training in treating shoulder conditions and are experts in their diagnosis and treatment.


Sometimes, shoulder pain doesn’t originate in the shoulder. The nerves and some muscles that control the shoulder originate from the neck and upper back. Problems with these areas can manifest as shoulder pain, due to compensation patterns, impaired nerve communication, or muscular imbalance. Due to this, our chiropractors will always assess the neck and upper back with shoulder complaints to accurately diagnose and treat the problem, not just the compensation.

For shoulder issues, physical therapies are often utilized with adjustments. These include exercises, stretches, laser, IASTM, and others depending on your condition. Regardless of the cause, whether the pain is originating from the spine or the shoulder, our team is here to help. Contact us today at 402-408-6561 or request an appointment here.