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Shoulder Pain in New York City 

 June 13, 2012

By  Dr. John Vilkelis

Shoulder pain and rotator cuff syndrome is a continuing problem for people living in New York City.  Many times the problem is a complex combination of dysfunction that creates shoulder pain.

The first place to look for an injury process is in the shoulder of course.  People commonly strain their rotator cuff (the muscles that allow most of your shoulder movement) doing day to day activities like opening a heavy door, walking the dog or even getting dressed.  The shoulder pain is caused by the strain of the muscles which is in turn caused by a dysfunction of the shoulder joint.

The next place to search for the cause of shoulder pain is in the cervical spine.  The nerves from your cervical spine go directly to your shoulder, arm and hand.  A subluxation of the cervical spine (neck) can create a weakness in the shoulder, a change in proprioception (your brain’s understanding of where the body is), and a change in blood flow.

Finally, we look to the combination of problems at the shoulder joint and the cervical spine which is the most common cause of shoulder pain in New York City or anywhere else (yes, some things are the same everywhere as they are in New York).

Often, it is difficult to clear shoulder pain without addressing each of these factors and any physical habits that are contributing to the stress on the joints.  In other words we need to stop the bad behavior that may be hurting you like how you hold the mouse, or how your workstation is set up in it’s entirety, how you hold your dog’s leash and in which hand.

You may be able to eliminate you shoulder pain on your own if you figure out what the contributing factors are and changing them.  Also doing some stretching for the shoulder and possibly some rotator cuff exercises.  If it is more stubborn or complicated, you may want to speak with your chiropractor.

If you are in New York City and suffering from shoulder pain a visit to Vilkelis Chiropractic may be just the thing you need.  We have two locations, on the Westside – 200 W57th Street and on the Eastside – 192 Lexington Ave (32nd St).

Please let em know if this article was helpful in any way.  I’d love to hear from you.

Dr. John Vilkelis


Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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