What are people saying about their shoulder pain?
How is the low back related to shoulder issues?
As you can see by the picture, the pelvic sprain creates a chain reaction up the spinal column and the right shoulder gets affected. It drops down due to the muscles in the right torso tightening to protect the sprain. By dropping down the shoulder puts a strain on the lower part of the neck or cervical spine which is also where most of the nerve supply to the shoulder comes from.
How do we help people with shoulder problems?
Some people with a pelvic sprain are unaware of it as they don’t have low back pain and they cannot imagine that it is contributing to their shoulder issues. What I have found however is that by clearing the pelvic sprain (gently using blocks) we take our first steps toward allowing the shoulder and neck to recover and improve.
As an example lets take Greta, she is 72 years old, very active and loves her lawn bowls. About 18 months ago she started getting stiffness of her right shoulder after bowling, soon after she found that she couldn’t lift her elbow to the side and then she started getting pain in the front of her shoulder. She was well on her way to a frozen shoulder and she found exercises to help strengthen her shoulder too painful to do. She felt stuck and unable to enjoy her favourite pastime not to mention that she was feeling socially isolated.
When I spoke with Greta we found out that she had been very active in her younger years with lots of running and tennis. She had had a frozen shoulder in the past but that time it responded well to a cortisone injection unlike this episode.
After a thorough history and examination we did indeed find that Greta had a sprained right pelvis and once cleared it we were both amazed at how much further she was able to lift her arm compared to before. And this was before we even did any work on her shoulder. Greta has since been able to return to bowling and is very happy with her renewed zest for life.
What other areas of the body can be affected by a pelvic sprain?
Due to the type of pattern that a pelvic sprain creates we often see the following issues usually on the same side as the sprain.
And due to the metabolic effects of a chronic sprain we will often see these issues