The Cause of Your Shoulder Pain – Part 2

Shoulder Pain, NUCCA, Upper Cervical, ChiropractorThe Source of Your Shoulder Pain

Last time, we explored a few reasons you might be experiencing pain in your shoulders. There are many underlying conditions that might lead to that pain, and it is definitely something you will not want to ignore or think you can fix by just icing it for a few days.

Getting to the source of that pain will mean entrusting your care to specialist, who understands the interconnection of the body any how the various parts communicate with one another.

Now, there are several conditions that can lead to shoulder pain. Last week, we explored Avascular Necrosis, a Brachial Plexus injury, and Shoulder Bursitis. This time, we'll look at a few more conditions that cause shoulder pain and explain why the best way to reduce and eliminate that pain is to focus on healing your body's communication system.

Shoulder Pain

  • Cervical Radiculopathy – This occurs when one or more of the cervical spine's (the neck) nerve roots are irritated or compressed. Those nerves are connected to the shoulders, arms, and hands. That irritation or compression may result from various issues of the bone or tissues of the cervical spine.
  • Frozen Shoulder  - Also called Adhesive Capsulitis, this is stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Typically, this worsens over time and then heals within a year or two. It often results from  surgery, such as mastectomy, or condition, such as a heart attack or stroke, that may have effected your arm's upper mobility.
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome – This occurs when there is a pressure of tendons or bursa in the shoulder caused by the shoulder's bones. Painting, lifting, swimming, or other activities in which a person must frequently rotate their arms above their shoulders can lead to this condition.

Other conditions that might lead to shoulder pain include Osteoarthritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Rotator Cuff Injury, Septic Arthritis, Tendinitis, Tendon Rupture, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and Torn Cartillage. Shoulder pain can also result from an injury, such as a break or sprain, to the arm, neck, or shoulder. We'll explore those more in upcoming blogs.

Your Shoulder Pain and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Now that you understand a little more about what might be causing that pain in your shoulders, it's important to understand the only way to find total relief is to focus on the source of your pain. Your body was injured, and that injury disabled your brain's ability to communicate with your body, and your body's ability to function properly.

The reason for that is dysfunction within the nervous system. Misalignments in the spine can lead to disruption of nerve flow and a break down in the communication between your brain and your body. You will want to restore your body's communication system by allowing an upper cervical chiropractor to examine you to determine the root cause of your shoulder problem.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at

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