Conditions Treated

Shoulder Pain SF

Dr. Smith safely and effectively treats shoulder pain in San Francisco.  Whether it is related to a rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, or pain radiating from the neck Dr. Smith will craft a custom plan to address your needs.

Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.

~Havelock Ellis

We Achieve Mobility at the Expense of Stability

Shoulder Structure and Pain

In general, the greater mobility that a structure has the less stable it will be.  This is especially true of the shoulder.  It moves in wide sweeping arcs, often only limited by the body itself.  Both excessive and limited mobility are often associated with shoulder pain.

The only joint connecting the shoulder to the rest of the skeleton is the small sternoclavicular joint at the top of the sternum.  Otherwise, the shoulder hangs from the body supported by muscular and ligamentous attachments.  Because of that, many of the painful conditions that affect the shoulder are muscular or ligamentous in origin.

Dr. Smith’s Approach to Shoulder Pain in San Francisco

There are many pain sensitive structures in the shoulder.  Dr. Smith begins every shoulder treatment with a targeted orthopedic exam to assess exactly what is the problem.  Based on these findings, Dr. Smith incorporates chiropractic adjustments, massage, functional exercises, stretching, estim/ultrasound, and kinesiotaping to address the aggravated structures.  

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

  • Fracture
  • Bursitis 
  • Referral from the Neck
  • Dislocation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Visceral Referral (from the Heart or Liver)
  • Impingement
  • Arthritis (Osteo & Rheumatoid)
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Torn cartilage
  • Strain/Sprain

Shoulder pain is often related to poor work and lifting posture.