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Shoulder Relief

Shoulder Pain Treatment in Durham

If you have recently suffered a shoulder injury or have chronic shoulder pain, our Durham chiropractor can help you. We offer a complete diagnosis for shoulder injuries and non-invasive care treatment options.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be caused by various acute and chronic injuries and conditions, including sprains, strains, and car accidents. Some common causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Nerve impingement
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder instability
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury

Shoulder injury symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they can be intermittent, constant or only occur when you make certain movements with your arm. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, inflammation, inability to move the arm, or loss of range of motion, and loss of arm or shoulder strength. If you have any of these symptoms or experience pain while performing an activity or exercising, you should stop immediately, rest your shoulder and call our Durham chiropractic office for an examination and treatment plan.

Chiropractic Shoulder Injury Treatment Options from our Durham Chiropractor

Our Durham chiropractor offers non-invasive treatment options that will help decrease pain in your shoulder and improve function.

Chiropractic Care for Improved Function

If your shoulder is slightly misaligned, our chiropractor may recommend chiropractic adjustments, which are designed to improve function, reduce inflammation and decrease pain while aiding in the healing process. This treatment only takes a few minutes and involves a short, swift thrust to help align your shoulder joint. Chiropractic care helps with certain types of arthritis, sprains and strains, shoulder instability and tendonitis.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy helps with soft tissue injuries of the shoulder, including sprains and strains and tendonitis. This non-invasive therapy involves the use of a cold laser therapy wand that is held over the injured area for a few minutes. The low-level laser light penetrates deep into the injured soft tissues to promote healing on a cellular level. Laser therapy helps lower inflammation and swelling and can help reduce pain.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can be combined with any of our other treatment options to help decrease healing time. The kneading and manipulating of the soft tissues can help increase the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments and lower pain while improving range of motion and helping the muscles release lactic acid.

Corrective Exercises

As you progress in your healing and regain the range of motion and flexibility in your shoulder, our chiropractor may recommend corrective exercises and stretches. When your shoulder is injured, it often loses muscle strength. Specific exercises and stretches can help you regain that loss of strength to help you make a complete recovery.

For more information on how we can help you with your shoulder injury and to schedule an appointment, call our Durham chiropractic office at (919)401-5061.

Office Hours

Monday:

8:30 am-11:30 am

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-11:30 am

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-11:30 am

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-11:30 am

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-12:00 pm

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

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Testimonials

  • "Wonderful treatments and a great staff to assist Dr. Rick Essman. I could not go through a season without their care. Comfortable environment an escape"
    Joanne McCallie April 2012
  • "I'm so incredibly thankful that I met you guys... you saved me from having serious nerve surgery 2 years ago on my wrist, and for that I am forever grateful. I look back at my first visit to your office, when I couldn't pick up a pen to write, let alone ride my bike anymore because my ulnar nerve was completely dead. Wow. You saved my cycling (and my ability to button my shirt up)"
    Jenn K. / Durham, NC November 2009
  • "I have been a client of Durham Chiropractic Center and Dr. Rick Essman for years. As an endurance athlete I am constantly putting my body through all types of stress. Dr. Rick has changed my life with his Chiropractic skills, helping me through countless bumps, bruises, and injuries. Dr. Rick sets himself apart from other chiropractors I have seen because of his dedication to his clients’ long-term success. His focus and dedication to finding the route cause of issues in addition to treating the immediate symptom is what has made me a lifetime patient and is why I send all of my family and athletes that I coach his way."
    Ben Turits July 2015

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