Having problems with a shoulder problem?

I feel compelled to write a little about shoulder problems today because it has been a busy week with shoulder problems. I have seen some persistent shoulder problems that have spanned over the period of years and we got some really good success within the first visit.

So, if you are reading this chances are you either have a shoulder problem or know somebody that has. I broke a couple common things down in this blog post.

True pathology vs shoulder is not really working right

I want to start here because this is where most people find me. They have a shoulder problem but there is not much findings other than pain or reduced range of motion and treatment does not really work for them.

If you have a real shoulder problem that requires an orthopedic doctor or some kind of medical management I would say that you have a more pathological problem. For everyone else, many of you have a functional issue. Meaning the muscles, neurology and joints are not working correctly. This is where most chronic problems persist and get worse.

Here are some common signs that you are having a functional problem:

  • Your MRI or X-ray is mostly normal but you are still having problems
  • Shots/injections and physical therapy not really working for you
  • You have pain patterns that are not really consistent with common shoulder problems
  • You have pain that is somewhat repeatable

These are not the only signs but common ones I see. I also have to note that these are not restricted to the shoulders. You can have the same symptoms and problems for other areas of the body.

So, what do I do so different that I can help where other providers cannot?

When looking at any problem I take into consideration if the joint, neurology and muscles are working correctly and then to treat it I find out what is causing and persisting the problem. It sounds easy but it is a little harder than it looks.


Chiropractors are doctors that are trained to find joint dysfunction, neurological dysfunction and muscle dysfunction. Not all Chiropractors focus on all three areas so your experience with a Chiropractor may vary. When there is joint dysfunction you will have some level of neurological and muscle dysfunction. So, getting adjusted from a Chiropractor can start the process.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a technique that is taught to Chiropractors as an analysis tool.  I would explain AK as the ability to read the body. It will help figure out what is wrong and what is associated. This technique can let me know if your shoulder problem is coming from the joints, muscles, lymphatic system, acupuncture system or any other system in the body.

One thing that is consistent with shoulder problems is injury guarding. When your body gets injured your body moves into a guarded stance. If you hurt your arm you tend to hold onto it. For many chronic problems I find that this guarding really holds on and causes more and more adaptation to the shoulder causing more problems. What some people find is that when we start working on them the current shoulder problem goes away and the old shoulder problem comes back. This is a great example of how the guarding process evolves.

These are two very powerful treatments that can really help someone with a shoulder problem. Not all providers are created equal so results can vary between providers.

Seek some help!

If you have a shoulder problem seek some help. Call us now. Any health problem only gets worse if left alone. I would love the chance to make a difference for you so you can feel better and do the things you want to do.