Chiropractic for Shoulder Pain in Singapore

While medication like Panadol and Ibuprofen and can reduce inflammation, they seldom get to the root of the problem. Chiropractic treatment can help with your shoulder pain. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal healthcare experts trained to diagnose and provide treatment for painful shoulder conditions like rotator cuff tear, frozen shoulder, and even aches from a postural strain. Do you know 42% of Singaporeans suffer from shoulder pain (Singapore General Hospital) and musculoskeletal disorders alone cost the Singapore economy $3.5 billion a year?

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The shoulder is a complex joint. The shoulder blade alone has 17 muscles attached to it!

Causes of Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is a complex joint. The shoulder blade alone has 17 muscles attached to it! These are some of the common conditions that could lead to shoulder pain:  

  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Chronic Upper Trapezius Hypertonicity
  • Postural Strain
  • Subacromial Pain Syndrome / Subacromial Impingement Syndrome  
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Cervical Slipped Disc
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy or Dysfunction
  • Repetitive Stress Injury  

When to see a Chiropractor

You should see a chiropractor when:

  • Your shoulder pain persists for over a week
  • Your shoulder pain does not last for a week but returns frequently
  • You have difficulty raising your arm above your head
  • You have weakness or pain when carrying objects,
  • You noticed a change in the balance in your shoulders

Seeing a Chiropractor in Singapore for Shoulder Pain

Chiropractic care can be very beneficial for shoulder pain sufferers. Chiropractic can help to relieve pain, increase your range of motion and restore function to the shoulder joint. Our Dynamic Functional Alignment program aims to address the causes of your pain at its root and to prevent future episodes of injuries. Chiropractic is safe and effective at helping you feel better without the use of medication and surgery.

During your first visit, your chiropractic will assess your shoulder and prepare a management plan. The purpose of our care is to not only alleviate but also to restore function and address the real cause of your pain.

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All You Need To Know

No, you do not need surgery. A study published earlier this year found that 75% of patients are successfully treated with non-operative care (without surgery)!

According to the study, there is no statistical difference between patients who were treated without going surgery and those who opted to go under the knife.

Reference: What Happens to Patients When We Do Not Repair Their Cuff Tears? Five-year Rotator Cuff Quality-Of-Life Index Outcomes Following Nonoperative Treatment of Patients With Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Yes. And no!

Dry needling on its own is unlikely to be your long-term pain solution. There is limited evidence to support that manual therapy and passive care – on their own – are enough to help with your shoulder pain.

Evidence supporting dry needling?

A 2017 study looking at effects of dry needling on the upper trapezius muscle (the muscle that sits between your neck and shoulder) myofacial trigger points found that a single session of needling may improve symptoms by “deactivating” those trigger points.

Reference: Therapeutic effects of dry needling in patients with upper trapezius myofascial trigger points in Acupuncture in Medicine (British Medical Acupuncture Society)