Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Specialist

Shoulder pain can significantly limit one’s day-to-day activity. Dr. Scott Swanson, a top-rated chiropractor located in San Francisco’s Mission District, provides non-invasive, drug-free relief for patients suffering shoulder pain Mission District, SoMa, Hayes Valley, and the greater San Francisco area.


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The shoulder is a complicated joint that is actually composed of four joints, three major bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments that together provide a wider range of motion than any part of the body. Shoulder pain may originate in the joint itself, or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments or tendons. Shoulder pain is most often the result of a musculoskeletal injury or stress from overuse, particular from sports such as baseball, tennis, swimming and volleyball. Some of the most common specific reasons for shoulder pain are:

– Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.
– Bursitis, caused by inflammation of the bursa, the small sacs of fluid that cushion the outside of the shoulder joint.
– Shoulder dislocation, an injury in which the upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that’s part of the shoulder blade.
– Frozen shoulder, a condition in which the shoulder joint stiffens.
– Heart attack. Shoulder pain accompanied by difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest may be a symptom of a heart attack. Anyone experiencing this combination of symptoms should call 911 immediately.


Specific treatment depends on the cause and severity of pain. Several modalities may be used in conjunction to alleviate shoulder pain. These may include: manual manipulation, chiropractic adjustments, acupressure, trigger point therapy, Kinesio-Taping, exercises to strengthen the shoulder and increase flexibility, and the application of ice.

Shoulder pain generally worsens with activity or movement of the arm and should, therefore, be as soon as possible. Signs that chiropractic treatment should be sought, include:

– Pain persists more than a few days
– Pain is recurring
– The shoulder is unstable; making it difficult to carry objects or use your arm
– The joint appears deformed
– Shoulder pain occurs while at rest
– You’re unable to raise your arm
– There is significant swelling or bruising around the shoulder joint or arm