Shoulder Pain


My great grandmother Princess Poorman, who is also a Waynedale native, will be turning 96 years young this November. She has been through some tough times physically but she still lives and takes care of herself.

The other day I got a phone call from her and she told me that her arms hurt and she had trouble getting out of her chair. So I went over there, thinking that I probably couldn’t do anything for her, and after performing a couple of tests, I found out that I could help her after all. I treated her and the results were outstanding. She could get up out of her chair with less effort and with minimal to no pain at all. She was so amazed that she tried to give me money but I refused to take it. This is something that I have seen in the wisest of people around her age and I have seen great results with my treatments.

There are several types of shoulder injuries such as a traumatic AC joint separation, bursitis or inflammation of a fluid filled cavity around the shoulder, fracture, frozen shoulder, muscle strain or pull, tendonitis, and impingement syndrome. More common than most is tendonitis, strain, and impingement syndrome. These last mentioned disorders can and are treated conservatively (without surgery) through chiropractic and/or physical therapy. The treatments can be painful and length of treatment can be from 1 week to 3 months but the results are usually very positive and sometimes permanent. The treatments may be long and not fun but at least you don’t have to go through the very painful healing process from surgery along with not having any scars and scar tissue forming. I see mostly patients with supraspinatus impingement syndrome in my practice. This is very common and can happen to anyone. The good news is that it can be treated very easily.

To understand more what this “supraspinatus impingement syndrome” is can be best explained with a short anatomy lesson. You see that your shoulder joint is mostly held in place by muscles, (unlike the hip which is supported by bone) this is called the rotator cuff. It consists of four muscles including the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. If any one of these muscles get injured, are overactive and or under active, then the shoulder joint complex can be dysfunctional. Supraspinatus impingement syndrome happens when the supraspinatus muscle is not working properly and as the shoulder comes up or abducts the “loose” supraspinatus muscle bunches up and gets caught under the AC joint causing pain and decreasing abduction. By using heat, myofascial release, ultrasound, Anodyne® Therapy, Gua-shaw, joint manipulation, and shoulder strengthening exercise, the problem can be easily treated. The same procedures are similar to what I would do if a patient of mine has tendonitis, and sometimes bursitis. So don’t always look at surgery as your first option, try to make it your last. From all of us at Nill Family Chiropractic I bid you fare well.


Until next time, I am Dr James P. Nill DC. Take care and have a healthy day.


If you or anyone you know has shoulder pain, or any other musculoskeletal problems, then give me a call to set up your free initial consultation. Again please contact me by phone at 260-459-2205 or by e-mail at drnill@nillfamilychiropractic.com. If you have any questions or if you want to come in for the consultation the address is; Nill Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center at 4656 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 240, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.


We are also doing a fall promotion at Nill Family Chiropractic. Starting from September 1st thru November 1st, we are offering a FREE massage and FREE soothing hot-packs ($45 value) with each new patient who comes in and mentions that they heard about the promotion from The Waynedale News. Please call soon as appointment times fill up fast. Again, thank you and have a healthy day!

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