Shoulder Pain Specialist

Curtis Potts, DC -  - Chiropractor

Mt. Rose Chiropractic

Curtis Potts, DC

Chiropractor located in Reno, NV

Your shoulder is a complicated joint, prone to an array of injuries and problems. If you are hurt, Mt. Rose Chiropractic in Reno, Nevada, helps you regain the full use of your shoulder — without invasive surgery. An experienced board-certified chiropractic specialist, Curtis Potts, DC, performs physiotherapy, active release techniques, chiropractic adjustments, and beyond. For 100% drug-free results, call today or contact Dr. Potts through the contact form.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

A painful shoulder is often a signal of an underlying injury or problem, particularly if the pain lingers for days. While shoulder pain can result for various reasons, here are five common causes:

Car accident

Car accidents may lead to shoulder pain due to a strained rotator cuff, dislocated joint, or another type of injury. You usually feel symptoms within 24-48 hours of an accident, but may not experience pain or other side effects until weeks or even months later.

Inflamed tendon

Tendonitis and bursitis often lead to shoulder pain and inflammation. Tendonitis typically involves your rotator cuff, while bursitis affects the fluid-filled sacs in your shoulder joint. Rotator cuff tears are among the most common shoulder injuries.

Shoulder instability

Instability occurs when your shoulder is dislocated, either partially or wholly. An acute injury or repetitive stress are the most common sources of this condition.


Osteoarthritis often leads to shoulder pain. This arthritic condition typically arises after excessive wear-and-tear on the cartilage cushioning your shoulder joint.

Broken bones

A broken shoulder bone causes sudden, intense pain. These types of breaks also may involve your upper arm, collarbone, or shoulder blade.

What are the symptoms of shoulder injuries?

The nature and intensity of your symptoms depend on the underlying cause. For example, a complete rotator cuff tear typically provokes intense pain, but a more gradual condition like osteoarthritis may ache and feel painful occasionally.

Here are a few common symptoms of shoulder problems:

  • Stiffness in your shoulder
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Popping or crunching sound in your shoulder

If your shoulder is painful and you suspect you have a shoulder injury or condition, the best course is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Potts.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Dr. Potts first pinpoints the cause of your shoulder pain, then recommends a drug-free, non-invasive plan. His goal is to restore your full use of your shoulder and prevent the risk of a chronic condition developing.

He recommends services to promote cellular and tissue healing, reduce physical and mental stress, and restore your musculoskeletal and nervous systems. These services include:

  • Physiotherapy and exercises
  • Active release techniques
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Nutritional counseling

For comprehensive rehabilitation for shoulder pain, call Dr. Potts at Mt. Rose Chiropractic today or use the contact form for a consultation.

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