If you’ve ever suffered from chronic shoulder pain, you know how difficult life is when you’re working with this condition.  But so you know (whether this is comforting or not…) you are absolutely not alone.

Your FIRST million-dollar question:

Why do I have chronic shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is a common problem. You should know: there are a variety of potential causes for this discomfort.  Why?  Because the shoulder is complex!

The first step in getting rid of your shoulder pain is always understanding the cause of the pain.  Of course, if you think you’re suffering from any of these conditions, it’s good to schedule a checkup with your primary care physician.

These are some common causes for chronic shoulder pain:

Frozen Shoulder

This condition (also called ‘adhesive capsuliitis’)  is when the shoulder becomes immobilized. The exact cause is unkown. Most commonly it affects people between the ages of 40 – 60, particularly women.

Rotator Cuff Tear

A torn rotator cuff occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone. Sometimes they separate completely (which can require surgical repair). Other times the tear is minor in nature and can be treated with physiotherapy.


Tendonitis in the shoulder is an inflammation of the rotator cuff and/or bicep tendons. Typically this is the result of a tendon being pinched by surrounding structures.


Though not as common as arthritis in the hip or knee, shoulder arthritis can be equally as painful. It involves the breakdown of joints at the skeletal level. Though a complete recovery is typically impossible, staying the progression of arthritis can be achievable.

Shoulder Instability

Instability is caused by loose joints. It can be brought on by a traumatic injury, such as dislocation, or may be a developed condition.

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocation typically occurs during a traumatic injury which results in the arm bone becoming disconnected from the scapula.

And here’s your SECOND million-dollar question:

How can chiropractic treatments help fix my chronic shoulder pain?

Contrary to common understanding, chiropractic adjustments don’t actually “fix” you -though most people feel immediate and dramatic relief from their painful symptoms when they get adjusted by a chiropractor!
Rather, chiropractic adjustments repair the mis-alignments in your spine and bone structure (known as subluxations), which impede the nervous system and prevent the proper flow of nerve transmission.  Subluxations are diagnosed through the use of simple x-rays.  Most people, all around the world, have subluxations in their spine.

The theory behind re-aligning your bone structure with chiropractic adjustments is this:

If your bone alignment is correct and the flow of information from your nervous system is unimpeded, your body (usually) knows exactly how to heal itself, with time and patience.
Doctors offer some support, with occasional necessary surgeries or trauma relief in severe circumstances.  But chiropractic treatments actually re-align your body to its optimal state, which dramatically improves its innate healing ability.

Most people who suffer from all types of chronic conditions causing pain and discomfort report dramatic improvements by receiving chiropractic care.

Unless yours is a case needing surgery or trauma relief before you do anything else, schedule a consultation with your local chiropractor today.
You’ve got nothing to lose – and everything to gain!

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Belltown Spine & Wellness, an integrated health and spinal rehabilitation center, has helped thousands of people over the past 22 years regain their health and vitality through their natural, integrated approach to health and wellness in the greater Seattle area. Our services, which include chiropractic, spinal rehabilitation, massage therapy, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine and medical weight-loss are customized and targeted for each individual's health goals. Our signature 4-step program is specifically designed to help patients recover from neck and back pain chronic conditions. This system, created by Dr. Scott Mindel, Seattle chiropractor and owner of Belltown Spine & Wellness draws on the latest rehabilitation techniques available today.


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