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Shoulder Impingement & Elbow Pain Treatment


Our shoulders and elbows help us do everything from lifting objects to performing exercise. However, they aren’t safe from pain and injury. Daily activities and structural issues or improper movement patterns can trigger an achy shoulder or elbow that can, in turn, prevent you from moving freely.

 If you’re dealing with shoulder pain, shoulder impingement might be the culprit. It often causes pinched muscles, tendons, or soft tissues in your shoulder. With shoulder impingement syndrome (or swimmer’s shoulder) you may have difficulty lifting the arm overhead. Plus, the pain can disrupt your sleep and limit your movement.

An aching elbow may cause difficulty when performing everyday tasks. After all, some elbow injuries and musculoskeletal ailments can trigger elbow pain. Most of the time, discomfort in the elbow is a mild condition. But the pain can persist for longer if left untreated.

There are a range of remedies for your shoulder and elbow that are available. A chiropractor or a physical therapist might help you relieve that pain, for instance. LifeClinic can work with you to relieve your achy shoulder or elbow. Our shoulder and elbow pain treatments will restore, maintain, and optimize your body’s function. Through our care, you can stay healthy and active.

Regain your range of motion with natural, effective remedies for your impinged shoulder or achy elbow. Turn LifeClinic into your partner for recovery.


Fix Shoulder Impingement & Elbow Pain

LifeClinic can help you manage a painful shoulder or elbow with chiropractic care and physical therapy. Let’s take a look at how these treatments work.

Consult with a Chiropractor for Shoulder Impingement

Chiropractic care is a safe, natural remedy for an impinged shoulder. We provide relief with the following treatments.

  • Chiropractic Adjustment – We’ll adjust your shoulder to help ease your pain and make your joints move freely.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy – Our soft tissue therapy involves using the IMJT technique, which targets your shoulder’s tissues. It can help treat scar tissue, adhesions, and trigger points within your shoulder.
  • Exercise Program – We may recommend specific exercises for your shoulder, too. You can stretch and strengthen tissues, move properly, and avoid shoulder impingement through our exercise program.

Treat a Sore Elbow with Chiropractic Care

You can also get chiropractic care to ease your achy elbow. Here’s what you can expect from our chiropractors for elbow pain.

  • Initial Consultation – During your first visit, we’ll conduct an interview and physical examination. Then, we’ll create your elbow pain treatment plan based on our findings.
  • Chiropractic Adjustment – Our adjustments will help restore elbow joint movement. Additionally, we can address reduced motion and misaligned joints with our chiropractic adjustments.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy – We may also treat your elbow with the IMJT technique for soft tissues. We’ll perform this therapy to help treat pain for your elbow’s soft tissues.

Ease an Aching Shoulder Through Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be part of your shoulder impingement treatment plan, too. With our physical therapy services, your shoulder can feel and move better.

  • Manual Therapy – We can help restore proper movement to your shoulder through manual therapies like joint adjustments.
  • Corrective Exercises – We’ll also include range-of-motion and strengthening exercises in your treatment plan. They may help improve your shoulder’s movement and your rotator cuff’s strength.
  • Patient Education – In this phase of physical therapy, we’ll help you maintain the right posture. We can also make suggestions like how to improve your work station, for instance.

Get Physical Therapy for Elbow Pain

We can perform physical therapy on your elbow, as well. Your treatment plan might include the following remedies for your elbow pain.

  • Manual Therapy – With manual therapy, your elbow’s joints can move more freely. It can even help with elbow pain relief.
  • Exercise Program – We’ll also suggest exercises for your elbow. These exercises can help you achieve stronger forearm muscles and reduce tendon sensitivity.
  • Passive Therapy – We can even combine manual therapy and exercises with other treatments like heat and ice therapy for a less painful elbow.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shoulder impingement, or swimmer’s shoulder, is a musculoskeletal condition that causes shoulder pain. It occurs when your rotator cuff catches or rubs against the acromion, or the topmost part of your shoulder. Then, the space between the rotator cuff and acromion constricts, creating more pressure. The increased pressure can, in turn, cause a shoulder impingement.

Overuse is the most common cause of shoulder impingement. For instance, you have a higher risk of getting inflamed tendons if you use your shoulder repeatedly for certain activities. But sometimes, the cause of swimmer’s shoulder is unknown.

If you’re treating a mild case of swimmer’s shoulder, the condition can subside within three to six months. However, it might take a full year for you to recover from severe shoulder impingement. In some cases, the condition could turn into a more chronic issue.

Overuse often causes elbow pain. However, other medical conditions can also cause an aching elbow. Your elbow might feel painful if you have a broken arm or a dislocated elbow, for instance. But in some cases, you can experience elbow pain because of a sprain, stress fracture, or throwing injury.

Injuries aren’t the only cause of elbow pain. Musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, tendinitis, tennis elbow, and bursitis can also lead to an aching elbow. Trapped nerves could also contribute to elbow pain, as well.

Prevent further elbow injury by performing the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. You might also want to give your forearm muscles a good stretch for better pain relief.

Other elbow pain treatment methods include over-the-counter pain relievers, physical therapy, and steroid injections. You can also try out heat therapy. Consulting a doctor will help you get the right treatment for your elbow.

Other services we offer

At LifeClinic, our approach to treatment is centered on helping you maintain, restore, and optimize your body’s overall function.

We address various pain symptoms including acute pain, chronic pain, and pain caused by an injury or underlying condition.

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