Natural treatments for shoulder pain

By: Dr. Ben Connolly, DC Feb 02, 2013

Are there any natural treatments for shoulder pain?

The shoulder is often one of the most injured joints of the body.

The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in our entire body. This is due to the fact that it is a ball and socket joint. The head of the arm bone (humerus bone) sits inside the socket of the shoulder which allows it to rotate through a very large range of motion. As a result of its flexibility and the amount of use and strain which we all place upon our shoulders it is often one of the most injured joints of the body.

Due to its high injury rate I treat patient’s shoulders on a regular basis at my Tantallon-Halifax practice. There are many types of shoulder injuries ranging from rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, bicep tendonitis, to tears and strains on ligaments, all of which cause significant decreased range of motion as well as a significant decrease in quality of life. Shoulder injuries have a massive impact on activities of daily living. With a shoulder injury, simple tasks such as
reaching up to get a glass out of a cupboard can be impossible, let alone grab a carton from the fridge or even put on a shirt. Due to these effects on quality of life and activities of daily living, patients almost always search out effective treatments which will help their shoulder and thus increase their quality of life.

Goals of Treatment
When treating a patient’s shoulder, I always assess and identify exactly what is injured and which movements are impaired. I then combine this information with my patients own goals and assemble a treatment plan. Depending on the timeline of the injury there may be different treatment goals. For example, if a patient injured their shoulder the previous evening playing hockey than goal of treatment is to decrease inflammation, identify which muscles, ligaments
and/or tendons have been injured, speed healing and prevent further injury as well as increase patients comfort. If a patient shows up months after an injury complaining of pain and decreased range of motion than treatment goals are to heal the nerves which are causing the pain and increase range of motion.

Since Dr. Ben Connolly graduated from medical school to start a practice, he has realized that to become an excellent doctor and not just a good doctor, he needed to build on his current foundation and expand his knowledge base. This thirst for knowledge has led him to enrol in several courses across North America to learn from the experts and leaders in their respective fields of medicine.

These opportunities have allowed him to enrich his skills and learn new treatment modalities in order to provide the highest calibre of patient care. Dr. Connolly is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) as well as the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND).

Dr. Connolly is the owner of Cornerstone Naturopathic Inc. in Upper Tantallon, NS.