The Real Source of Shoulder Pain

real source of shoulder pain, chiropractor orange county, chiropractor lake forestThroughout my week, I see a lot of people who have shoulder pain. Shoulder pain is a common ailment. In fact, a study by the National Ambulatory Medical Care showed that shoulder pain was associated with an injury in one third of visits to doctors. 

Because the shoulder is such a complex joint, there are a lot of things that can cause pain there. Most people label it as rotator cuff pain, but there are a lot more things that can go wrong in the shoulder besides injury to one of the four rotator cuff muscles.

The shoulder is considered a complex joint. It is a ball and socket joint, so there are a lot of things that have to work together in order for it to function properly. Additionally, because of the location on the body, there are many other muscles, ligaments and joints that affect the positioning and function of the shoulder. Because of this, when people complain of shoulder pain, it’s really important to identify what exactly is injured and what is causing that dysfunction. If you don’t address the underlying dysfunction, even if you eliminate the pain in the shoulder, it will probably come back at a later time.

Let me give you some examples of what I mean.

#1: If someone has poor posture and his or her upper back is curved too much, it pushes the shoulder forward. If the shoulder is pushed forward, it isn’t in the proper position, making it impossible to work properly. If you don’t address the spinal position, the injury won’t go away.

#2: If one of the ligaments is damaged, too tight or too loose, the joint will never function properly. Again, this will prevent the injury from getting better.

#3: If a patient has really tight chest muscles, it can pull the shoulder forward and out of proper position. If you don’t get the chest muscles to release, the shoulder will never sit in the proper position.

#4: Most people suffer from some kind of neck tension or upper trap tightness. This pulls the shoulder blade up, pulling the shoulder out of position and causing dysfunction in the shoulder joint.

If someone is complaining of shoulder pain, we look at how the entire system around the shoulder is functioning. It’s easy to address the painful area, but if you don’t also address the underlying dysfunction, it will never heal, or will be re-injured again. If you’d like to learn more about this approach, I wrote a blog post recently addressing the issue of pain care versus functional care and the differences between them.

If you are suffering from shoulder pain, I encourage you to contact us. Let us take a look at it and show you what we can do to fix the pain in addition to the underlying issue that is causing the pain. We offer a free consultation to help you understand how our process works. Give us a call at 949-916-9742.

Orange County Chiropractor Receives Readers Choice Award

OC Parenting Magazine names Dr. Vince DiSaia Orange County’s best chiropractor

Best orange county chiropractor, top orange county chiropractor, sports therapy chiropractorDr. Vince DiSaia, Founder and Clinic Director of Momentum Sports Therapy, has been named the “Best Chiropractor” in OC Parenting Magazine’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. The award was given to Dr. DiSaia after he received the most votes from the magazine’s readers.

According to OC Parenting Magazine, “Over 39,799 votes were cast across 89 categories, resulting in this one-of-a-kind annual directory from the moms and dads of Parenting OC.” This is the 12th annual Readers Choice Awards hosted by the publication.

“I am honored to be named as this year’s best chiropractor,” says Dr. DiSaia. “I am constantly looking for ways to provide the best care possible for my patients and it’s nice to be recognized for that.”

Dr. DiSaia holds a Doctorate of Chiropractor from Southern California University of Health Sciences and has been in private practice for more than 10 years. He has also authored a highly successful book named Golf Anatomy, which has sold more than 30,000 copies worldwide, is available in over 13 languages, and has been featured in Golf Digest Magazine.

Located in Lake Forest, California, Momentum Sports Therapy specializes in caring for the entire patient. They utilize multiple avenues to ensure that all aspects of health are address. Some of these services include Chiropractic care, Active Release Techniques (ART), Functional Medicine, Sports Massage, Nutritional Counseling, Weight Loss, Fitness Training, and rehabilitation exercises. Every program is designed to ensure that a patient’s performance will be optimized while injuries are eliminated, without the use of drugs, injections, or surgeries. The clinic just celebrated it’s third year in practice.

“We believe that our patients should be able to practice the activities they love without experiencing pain or inhibition,” says Dr. DiSaia. “Too many injuries and conditions these days are treated with drugs or surgery as the first option, and we believe that patients should have access to less invasive treatments that can considerably improve their mobility and quality of life. True health is achieved by giving the body what it needs naturally rather than adding more bandaids and toxins. Your body is the most efficient healing machine imaginable and it just needs to proper direction.”

Momentum Sports Therapy is a full-service chiropractic clinic specializing in sports training and rehabilitation. Located in Lake Forest, California, the clinic opened in 2011 under the direction of Vince DiSaia, DC. To learn more about Momentum Sports Therapy or Dr. DiSaia, please visit the website: