The shoulder girdle is made up of 3 bones- humerus, scapula, and clavicle, and there are many muscles,
tendons, ligaments, and bursae involved in the shoulder. Because of the innate instability of the
shoulder and the number of structures involved, it is not uncommon to get shoulder pain. This often
happens with repetitive motions, which may be from work, sports, or hobbies. When you raise your arm
to shoulder height, the space between the bones of the shoulder joint and the muscles will normally
become narrow. Shoulder impingement describes pain due to increased narrowing of this space.
Inflammation of the tendons or bursa can cause this narrowing, or the anatomical structure of the bones
can impinge on these segments and cause inflammation of the bursa or tendons. Shoulder impingement
can happen either way, and it is a common source of shoulder pain. Chiropractic physicians are able to
evaluate the shoulder pain to determine the cause of it in order to treat it and help prevent
re-occurrence. Addressing both restrictions of the bony structures and inflammation of the soft tissue
can help with the pain, so chiropractic care is a good place to start when experiencing shoulder pain.