Shoulder Pain
and Chiropractic Care

Discover natural and effective
chiropractic approaches to relieve shoulder pain

Understanding Shoulder Pain:

We understand the impact that shoulder pain can have on your daily life. Whether you’re dealing with discomfort from an injury, repetitive strain, or chronic issues, our chiropractic care is designed to alleviate pain, restore function, and improve your overall shoulder health.

Nip it in the bud...

Shoulder pain can arise from various sources, including injuries, overuse, poor posture, and underlying joint issues. At Hagley Road Chiropractic, we recognise the complexity of shoulder pain and tailor our approach to address your specific concerns and restore optimal function.

Real Results

Our Targeted Approach to Relief:

Our skilled chiropractors take a targeted approach to relieve shoulder pain. Through thorough assessments and personalised treatment plans, we aim to not only alleviate your immediate discomfort but also enhance the overall health and mobility of your shoulders.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain:

Preventive Strategies for Healthy Shoulders:

In addition to treating shoulder pain, we provide practical strategies to prevent future issues. Learn about posture correction, exercises for shoulder strength, and lifestyle adjustments for optimal shoulder health.

Symptoms we treat

An AC joint separation or AC joint sprain is an injury to the ligament holding the acromioclavicular joint at the top of the shoulder. Typically caused by falling onto an outstretched arm, these sprains vary from mild (grade 1) to severe (grade 6). Early treatment, including taping for support, is crucial to prevent long-term issues or shoulder deformity.


The most common cause is a fall onto the shoulder, elbow, or outstretched hand. The impact is transmitted through the wrist and arm to the shoulder joint when attempting to break the fall with an outstretched hand.

Signs & Symptoms

– Pain at the end of the collarbone on the top of the shoulder.
– Initially, widespread shoulder pain that later localizes to a bony point on the top of the shoulder.
– Increased pain when trying to move the arm overhead.
– Swelling, and depending on the injury’s extent, a visible deformity like a lump on top of the shoulder joint may be present.
– Graded from one to six, with grade one being mild with minor ligament damage and no bone separation, while grade six is severe with complete ligament ruptures and visible deformity.

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis or shoulder contracture, causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder. This condition occurs when the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becomes swollen and thickened, forming bands of scar tissue inside. The thickening, swelling, and tightening of the capsule reduce space for the upper arm bone, limiting shoulder movements. Frozen shoulder can coincide with other shoulder conditions like calcific tendonitis or rotator cuff tear.


The exact cause of frozen shoulder is unclear. It involves the swelling and thickening of the shoulder joint’s capsule, restricting movement.

Signs & Symptoms

The main symptoms are pain and persistent stiffness in the shoulder joint, making normal shoulder movements challenging and painful. Everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, driving, or sleeping comfortably become difficult. Symptoms range from mild, with minimal impact on daily activities, to severe, where moving the shoulder may be nearly impossible.

A rotator cuff strain involves a tear to any of the four rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder, commonly occurring in throwing and racket sports. Named for their role in rotating the arm and providing joint support, rotator cuff tears can range from mild to severe. Treatment includes pain and inflammation reduction, followed by a comprehensive rehabilitation program encompassing mobility, strengthening, and sports-specific exercises.


Typically caused by overstretching or rapid joint twisting, rotator cuff tears involve the four shoulder muscles working together to provide dynamic stability to the joint. The shoulder’s extensive range of motion and the need for high-speed movements, especially in throwing sports, increase the risk of muscle or tendon injury.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include sudden shoulder pain, possibly accompanied by a tearing sensation. Pain may extend down into the arm. Patients often experience difficulty sleeping on the affected shoulder, and signs of shoulder impingement may be present, where the tendon pinches between the ball and socket of the shoulder joint during overhead arm movements.

Shoulder impingement syndrome, also known as swimmer’s shoulder or thrower’s shoulder, occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become trapped within the narrow bony space called the subacromial space, located beneath the arch of the acromion. Repetitive pinching leads to irritation and inflammation of the tendons.


Shoulder impingement syndrome often initiates as an overuse injury affecting the supraspinatus tendon along the top of the shoulder blade. Pain induces dysfunction in the rotator cuff muscles, causing a slight shift in the upper arm bone and potentially leading to inflammation of the subacromial bursa (a small fluid-filled sac). Continuous pain and dysfunction may result in a detrimental cycle, potentially causing the growth of bony spurs that could harm the rotator cuff tendons. Early rest and treatment are crucial to prevent long-term damage.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of shoulder impingement syndrome include pain on the top/outside of the shoulder, especially when raising the arm out to the side and above the head. Pain is particularly notable when moving the arm laterally in a 60-degree arc. To identify the specific cause of pain, a therapist will conduct a thorough assessment.

Tendons are sturdy fibers that link muscles to bones, like the Achilles tendon connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. Tendon injuries often occur near joints such as the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle. While a tendon injury might seem sudden, it typically results from numerous small tears that accumulate over time. Doctors may use different terms to characterize a tendon injury, including:
– Tendinitis, denoting “inflammation of the tendon.”
– Tendinosis, indicating tiny tears in the tissue surrounding the tendon caused by overuse.

Most experts now prefer the term “tendinopathy” to encompass both inflammation and microtears. Nevertheless, “tendinitis” has been widely used for years to describe tendon injuries, and many doctors still use this term.


Tendon injuries commonly result from gradual wear and tear due to overuse or aging. While anyone can experience a tendon injury, those who repetitively perform the same motions in their jobs, sports, or daily activities face a higher risk of tendon damage. Tendon injuries may occur suddenly or develop gradually, with a higher likelihood of a sudden injury if the tendon has weakened over time.

Signs & Symptoms

Tendinopathy typically manifests as pain, stiffness, and diminished strength in the affected area. Pain may intensify with tendon use, and increased discomfort and stiffness may occur at night or upon waking. Inflammation may present as tenderness, redness, warmth, or swelling in the affected area. Some individuals might notice a crunchy sensation or sound when using the tendon.

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