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Shoulder Pain

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common complaint from individuals of all ages. It is caused by a variety of conditions and can make everyday tasks like brushing your hair, taking a shower, or even reaching across your desk for an object difficult. Consider some of the most common causes of shoulder pain. If you are experiencing shoulder pain and live in the Mount Pleasant area, contact Sweetgrass Health and Wellness for an appointment.

man holding his shoulder because he is suffering from pain

Dislocated Shoulder

Your shoulder becomes dislocated when the bone located in your upper arm moves out of the socket in the shoulder blade. A dislocated shoulder may look deformed or physically out of place. It may be swollen, bruised, and very painful, and you may not be able to move the joint.

Shoulder Bursae

The bursae in the shoulder are small, fluid-filled sacs that reduce the friction between the moving parts in your joints. Bursitis occurs when these bursae become irritated and inflamed.

Frozen Shoulder

Characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder, frozen shoulder starts gradually and worsens over time. It is more likely to occur in people who are recovering due to injury who have had to immobilize their shoulder for a long period or in those with diabetes.

Rotator Cuff Injury

The rotator cuff is a cluster of muscles and tendons encompassing the joint in the shoulder. Its job is to keep the upper arm bone in place in the socket of the shoulder. Injuries to the rotator cuff typically happen when a person repeatedly performs overhead motions. It causes a dull ache in the shoulder which gets worse when you sleep on the side of the injury.

Strains and Sprains

Sprains are the result of stretching or tearing of the ligaments in the shoulder. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and limited movement. You may experience a loud pop at the time of injury.

Strains are when the muscles or tendons in the shoulder stretch or tear. It causes pain, swelling, muscle spasms, and a limited ability to move the affected muscle.


The thick, fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone are called tendons. When these cords become inflamed and irritated due to strain and overuse, tendinitis may occur. Sometimes it can be caused by a sudden injury. Symptoms include pain when moving the affected joint, tenderness, and mild swelling.

How Can Our Chiropractor Help?

Our chiropractor is trained to adjust and treat the extremities, including the shoulders. Treatment by our chiropractor includes adjusting the spine to ensure the nerves going to the shoulder are functioning as they should. It also involves adjusting the various shoulder joints to relieve pressure and pain.

Schedule an Appointment to Relieve Your Shoulder Pain

If you live in Mount Pleasant and require treatment for shoulder pain, contact the Sweetgrass Health and Wellness Center at (843) 971-0540 to schedule an appointment.