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Shoulder Pain Specialist

Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado

Alternative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Littleton, CO

Sometimes it’s safe to push through your pain, but that’s not the best choice when the pain affects your shoulder. If you keep using a damaged shoulder, you can make it worse and end up with chronic instability. At Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado in Littleton, Colorado, Ron Spallone, DC, thoroughly evaluates your shoulder pain and creates a customized treatment plan that draws from chiropractic, functional medicine, and regenerative medicine. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call or book online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

A damaged rotator cuff is one of the top reasons for shoulder pain. The rotator cuff includes four muscles that hold your upper arm in the shoulder socket, stabilize the joint, and support the arm’s movement. These muscles endure a lot of stress, which is why they’re often the source of shoulder problems.

Conditions that frequently cause shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Shoulder fractures
  • Joint dislocation
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labral tear

Though anyone can develop shoulder pain with daily wear-and-tear, you’re more likely to have shoulder problems if you engage in activities that involve overhead arm movements, like pitching a ball or painting a wall.

What other symptoms go along with shoulder pain?

The problems responsible for your shoulder pain cause other symptoms. Chances are you will experience one or more of the following:

  • Arm and shoulder weakness
  • Trouble lifting your arm
  • Shoulder joint instability
  • Muscles spasms
  • Joint clicking
  • Limited range of motion
  • Loss of movement

You usually know when you have a fractured shoulder because you have sudden pain, bruising, and swelling.

How is shoulder pain treated?

You may need to temporarily rest your shoulder and stay away from activities that stress your shoulder in some cases. These give the soft tissues time to heal before starting more active therapies.

Your provider at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado may recommend one of several therapies that accelerate healing, such as PEMF, Prolozone™, K-laser, PRP, or stem cell injections. These treatments use different modalities to energize cells, activate healing, and reduce inflammation, and they’re safe to use while immobilizing your shoulder.

When your shoulder is ready, your provider designs a treatment plan that strengthens and stretches your shoulder joint, promotes ongoing healing, and prevents future injuries. They offer many possible treatments, including:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Myofascial release
  • Massage therapy
  • Functional exercise
  • Activator Method®
  • Exercise therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Trigenics®


As specialists in chiropractic and functional medicine, the team at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado explores all the factors that influence your health and healing. They often provide nutritional therapy to ensure you have the vitamins, minerals, and proteins your body needs to heal.

Don’t wait to get help for shoulder pain. The longer you wait, the more you’re at risk of developing chronic joint instability. To start on the path to healing, call the office or book an appointment online today.