Dr. Andrew Arnold and Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre see quite a few cases of shoulder pain. The Shoulder is the most complicated joint in the body. Or should I say ‘Joints’! The Shoulder comprised 4 joints and 17 muscles.

Let me explain.

The 4 joints comprise Sterno-clavicular, Acromio-clavicular, Gleno-humeral and Scapulo-costal.

The rotator cuff muscles form part of the 17 muscles however, these muscles go from the shoulder to the shoulder, the remaining 13 originate from the top of the spine to the bottom.

Complicated as I said!

For this reason, Shoulder pain can be extremely variable and difficult to both diagnose and treat.


Firstly know who you should see.  Your GP, Physio, Chiropractor, and Osteopath are all qualified as initial primary contacts. The examination will most likely determine the best test to get done. These include Ultra-sound, MRI, CT, and Xray,

My preference is Diagnostic Ultra-sound first. This is reasonably inexpensive to the patient and is a good starting point to show soft tissue injury. You will need a GP referral, however.

As a Chiropractor my job is to make sure all the joints are moving properly, the muscles attachments are all sound, and the spine and other muscle attachments are balanced and in alignment.

Prognosis, of course, depends on what’s going on. A relatively uncomplicated shoulder imbalance can be managed quite quickly however, attention must be directed to the spine and rehab exes.

Most practitioners have a network they can tap into for additional help, i.e. specialists, Radiologists etc.

About the author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractic Doctor, and Owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.

Category: Chiropractor

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