Shoulder Pain Specialist

Brave Roots Chiropractic

Steve Cook, DC

Chiropractor & Animal Chiropractor located in Fort Collins, CO

Research shows that millions of people experience shoulder injuries every year, with the most common causes being from sprains, strains, and rotator cuff issues. To understand the cause of your shoulder pain and get effective treatment, see Steve Cook, DC, at Brave Roots Chiropractic. Since 2010, Dr. Cook has served the Fort Collins, Colorado, area with compassion and dedication, providing reliable, natural solutions to shoulder pain. To schedule a visit, call or book online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why does my shoulder hurt?

Because the shoulder is a complex joint — and the most mobile joint in the entire body — it’s often prone to injury. Common movements and activities that can hurt the shoulder include:

  • Overhead movements
  • Repetitive shoulder movements, such as throwing
  • Weight training
  • Recreational sports
  • Sleeping on your shoulder
  • Poor posture
  • Ergonomic issues at your workstation

Shoulder pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and disability, potentially preventing you from moving or raising your arm at all. If you experience shoulder pain, see Dr. Cook for an exam.

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint with many ligaments, muscles, and tendons responsible for holding it in place and allowing full range of motion. Problems that can affect the shoulder joint and its surrounding soft tissues include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder syndrome
  • Myofascial pain
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

In many cases of shoulder pain, conservative chiropractic care can help resolve your pain and improve the mobility of your shoulder without the need for drugs or surgery.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

At your first visit, Dr. Cook completes a thorough consultation and exam to identify the underlying cause of your shoulder pain. He asks a series of questions about your pain to understand the location and severity of your discomfort, along with movements that make your pain better or worse.

During your exam, Dr. Cook moves your shoulder through a series of orthopedic assessments to measure your range of motion, muscle strength, nerve function, and joint stability. Some tests may provide relief while others may increase your discomfort.

If necessary, Dr. Cook takes X-rays in the office or refers you for an MRI. Based on his findings during your visit, he determines your diagnosis and explains a strategy to relieve your pain and get your shoulder back to normal.

How is shoulder pain treated?

At Brave Roots Chiropractic, Dr. Cook provides a range of conservative and noninvasive treatments to relieve shoulder pain and dysfunction. Depending on your diagnosis, Dr. Cook may recommend:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Soft tissue therapy, including massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic exercises and rehab
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Postural exercises

For severe cases or those that don’t resolve after a trial of conservative care, Dr. Cook provides referrals to orthopedists in the area.

Find relief from your shoulder pain by scheduling a visit online at Brave Roots Chiropractic or call the office now.