The shoulder is a complex region of the body

made up of bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles that connect the arm to the torso. The shoulder has two joints that work together to allow arm movement. Due to the region’s complexity, there are all sorts of things that can go wrong in this area.

Shoulder pain is a very common condition and affects almost half of the U.S. Most patients feel some sort of pain, limited range of motion, an inability to engage in activities of daily living (ADL) or something more serious as a permanent disability.

At your first visit,

we will take a detailed patient history to better understand your shoulder pain and how it started. The evaluation will be followed by a physical examination. During your physical exam we will challenge the shoulder, test it, move it, and determine whether or not further imaging may be necessary. Our doctors are trained extensively in a variety of soft tissue techniques to treat your shoulder and its problem specifically!

Shoulder pain and injuries are often associated with lack of thoracic spine (middle segment of the back) mobility. With this type of shoulder injury, it responds well to joint manipulation/adjustment. We can treat these symptoms in a manner tailored to your treatment plan.

Shoulder pain is debilitating and not something you should have to live with. Please call our office today at (989) 686-6808 to schedule an appointment!

How do I get shoulder pain?
There are multiple reasons why someone might start experiencing pain in their shoulder. Here is a list of some of the most common causes.
  • Dislocation
  • Separation
  • Fracture
  • Strains & Sprains
  • Swollen Muscles
  • Joint Damage
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Heart attack
  • Bone spurs
From strains to major joint damage,
Shoulder pain can be serious and almost always requires some form of treatment. The most common conditions related to shoulder pain are:
  • Avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to limited blood flow)
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Broken collarbone
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Impingement
  • Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Separated shoulder
  • Septic arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Torn cartilage
The first step in treating your shoulder injury:
The first step in your recovery is receiving a medical diagnosis from an experienced professional like our chiropractor.

The treatment and prognosis of your shoulder injury vary on the severity of your pain and the extent of the injury itself, and usually starts with rest, ice, compression and elevation of the affected area. Other treatments that may be recommended by our chiropractor at Lake Effect Chiropractic include chiropractic care, pain relievers or other medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation, or even surgery.

If you are suffering from a sports-related injury, call us today at (989) 686-6808 to request your appointment at Lake Effect Chiropractic with our chiropractor.

Our Sports Injury Treatments
Chiropractic Adjustments

At Lake Effect Chiropractic we specialize in chiropractic adjustments that improve overall health and get you feeling great.

Compression Therapy

Compression therapy is designed to increase blood flow to speed up recovery from workouts or from injuries. This therapy involves NormTec Boots that help this process and increase recovery time.

Summus Class IV Medical Laser

Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal. Improved healing time, pain reduction, increased blood circulation and decreased swelling are the major effects of laser energy. Summus Medical Lasers are designed to target the body's optimal light-absorbing complexes to treat pain and accelerate the healing process.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is another option to resolve pain and tightness in the body. This approach to fascia and muscle work reduces friction which allows for precision, sensitivity and depth that cannot be accomplished with the hands, knuckles, elbows etc.

Therapeutic Exercises

Here at Lake Effect Chiropractic, we specialize in assisting our patients through physical rehabilitation to keep them healthy after they experience an injury or pain in any way.

Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue therapy designed to rid injured areas of scar tissue. Here at Lake Effect Chiropractic, we incorporate ART in our treatment of musculoskeletal disorders to remedy injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, tennis elbow, headaches, and back pain. All of these conditions tend to have one thing in common: the result of an overused muscle.

McKenzie Method

Without a full range of motion and proper use of joints, our backs, necks and joints become stiff and less mobile, leading to pain, greater loss of movement and dysfunction. The McKenzie method is a standardized assessment tool, defining and classifying movement problems and recommending appropriate treatment.


If you are uncomfortable with the more traditional manual adjustments, the PulStar is an amazing option for light force chiropractic adjustments.

When should I see a chiropractor for my shoulder injury?

This is an important question to ask and to answer! Many shoulder injuries may be treated with chiropractic treatment. Whether it's an acute form of a shoulder injury that's flared up or a chronic type that you've been struggling with on and off for years.

It excites us to have new patients who have had other chiropractic experiences, what we do at Lake Effect Chiropractic is target the source of the problem and work to extinguish it! Getting the body moving, from the joints to the muscles, we know MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE!

Despite the fact that shoulder injuries are common, the seriousness of the injuries and the conditions that cause them to vary. What we do is different, your shoulder injury treatment is always individualized and we are here to help you with whatever pain you may be experiencing here in Bay City, Michigan.   

We work together with the medical community to make sure you receive the proper care no matter what your condition may be, new or old, minor or serious, we want you to get back to a pain-free life and enjoy it!

I would recommend Lake Effect Chiropractic to anyone.

A family member recommended I go there because I’ve had considerable neck & shoulder pain as well as headaches, for a number of years. Once I met Dr Brittany, and with her plan of action, we’ve become a team, working toward a much healthier future. I appreciate her professionalism & caring instruction, as well her effective treatments, in helping me to understand the why & how for my recovery.

Thank you to both doctors at Lake Effect Chiropractic & their staff for coming to Bay City!

- D Russell

I took my 13 year old daughter in to the office because she has battled with Foot and Shoulder pain for years.

She is very active in sports and we have tried everything from seeing specialists and Cortisone Shots. Every time with the same out come, it works for a while and then it doesn't. I am so happy we decided to go the chiropractic route! We have been going to see Dr. Ashley twice a week for the last month. After the first visit, I was skeptical because sure her pain felt better but we have been down this road before, I figured it wouldn't last. However over the last month my daughter has stated that her feet have never felt better than they do now.

Dr. Ashley worked her feet with Laser Treatment, working the foot muscles and gave her exercises to do at home. Her shoulders are working out well too! Some days they may be a little sore but again Dr. Ashley has adjusted, cupped and gave her exercises to do at home to help strengthen her muscles. Dr. Ashley and Dr. Brittany really cared and took time to research different exercises and reasons behind my daughter's pain. Instead of just sending me to another specialist or pushing cortisone shots to mask the pain. We love this office and recommend to anyone looking for relief from chronic pain!

- J Sheneman

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