Shoulder is the most unstable joint complex in the body. In fact, only 1/3 of the head of humerus rests inside the joint socket; the other 2/3 is held in space by the complex network of ligaments, muscles and tendons. Most common shoulder problems are due to abnormal function of the joint from imbalance in the rotator cuff and other shoulder muscles. When some muscle are overused and become tight, full fluid range of motion are decreased, compression in the joint can increase at certain points, supporting soft tissue can become strained and inflamed and micro tears can show up in the cartilage lining the shoulder socket.
The most common traumatic shoulder conditions include Bursitis, Tendonitis, Rotator Cuff tear, and Frozen Shoulder. Although physiotherapy modalities and chiropractic manipulation are very effective in alleviating symptoms, the muscle imbalance and nutritional considerations must be taken into account and mechanical integrity of the shoulder joint complex restored for lasting results.