Indian Harbor Chiropractic
Diana Gailes, DC
Chiropractor located in Cos Cob, CT
If you struggle with severe or ongoing shoulder pain, experienced chiropractor Dr. Diana Gailes at Indian Harbor Chiropractic in Cos Cob, Connecticut, can help. She offers a variety of holistic treatments for shoulder pain to reduce discomfort, improve range of motion, and speed up your recovery. Dr. Gailes is the only chiropractor in Greenwich, CT that offers level 4 laser therapy as an option for pain management and quick recovery as well. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Shoulder Pain Q&A
What is shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your shoulder joint, which is the joint that connects your upper arm to your torso. Shoulder pain is extremely common among young adults, adolescents, and older adults who have experienced shoulder trauma or play sports. Shoulder pain could appear as:
- Decreased range of motion
- Inability to raise your arm above your head
- Dull, aching pain
- Severe or sharp discomfort
- Shooting pain
You might injure your shoulder lifting something heavy, playing sports, working, falling down, or because of age-related wear-and-tear. Dr. Gailes and her team offer a variety of treatments to relieve shoulder discomfort.
What are common causes of shoulder pain?
Some of the many causes of shoulder pain include:
- Shoulder dislocation
- Frozen shoulder
- Pinched nerve in shoulder
- Shoulder impingement
- Shoulder bursitis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Bicep tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tear
Dr. Gailes can pinpoint the precise cause of shoulder pain and treat it naturally to restore joint function, reduce pain, decrease inflammation and improve your quality of life.
How does my doctor diagnose the cause of shoulder pain?
To find out what’s causing shoulder discomfort, Dr. Gailes discusses your symptoms and medical history. She examines your shoulder joint to assess your range of motion and look for signs of an injury. She could recommend X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.
What are common treatments for shoulder pain?
Dr. Gailes personalizes shoulder pain treatments to maximize your outcome. Your shoulder pain treatment plan could consist of:
Dr. Gailes provides chiropractic manipulation for shoulder misalignment problems, which improves discomfort. Each treatment is simple and comfortable and can produce dramatic pain-relieving results.
Spinal decompression relieves pressure of nerves and surrounding tissues by creating space between the vertebrae. Spinal decompression helps stretch the spine, relieves pain, and increases spinal function and mobility. This will alleviate symptoms associated with shoulder pain.
Spinal manipulation therapy (SMT)
Spinal manipulation is a technique where Dr. Gailes will apply a controlled thrust to a joint of the spine. This motion moves the joint more than it would on its own. SMT is actually a collection of techniques which include massage or mobilization of soft tissue, adjustment of spinal subluxations, trigger point therapy, cross-friction massage, active release therapy, and mechanical traction on an area of the spine or on an extremity.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS sends electrical pulses through the skin to start your body's own painkillers. The electrical pulses can release endorphins and other substances to stop pain signals in the brain. TENS can reduce pain. Tens also works on muscles and causes muscle contractions by stimulating α-motor neurons. It is highly effective in improving muscle function, strengthening muscles, and improving joint range of motion.
Dr. Gailes is currently the only chiropractor in Greenwich, CT offering Class IV Laser Therapy. Dr. Gailes uses chiropractic adjustments and laser therapy to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and speed up recovery times for all types of injuries. Laser therapy will reduce pain by over 50% in three to four treatments and can complement chiropractic adjustments or be used as an independent form of treatment.
Things you can do at home to alleviate shoulder pain include using ice or heat packs, wearing a sling, resting your shoulder joint, and getting proper nutrition. Dr. Gailes might recommend you complete stretches or exercises to strengthen tissues in the affected joint.
Dr. Gailes offers medical massage to reduce tension, enhance your body’s natural ability to heal, and diminish shoulder pain.
If you need shoulder surgery to restore an injured joint fully, Dr. Gailes refers you to a highly trained orthopedic specialist.
Begin with chiropractic care today
To learn more about chiropractic treatments for shoulder pain and get relief, call the Indian Harbor Chiropractic office or schedule an appointment online today.
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