The shoulder joint is a complex structure comprised of bone, cartilage, soft tissue, ligaments, and nerves, making it increasingly susceptible to damage. While rotator cuff tears are the most widely known shoulder injury, there are other traumas that are just as common. For example, shoulder dislocation, thoracic outlet syndrome, shoulder labral tears, frozen shoulder, and shoulder separation are all injuries that can significantly impair a shoulder's stability and function. Depending on the cause, patients may benefit from conservative therapies like rest, ice, compression, elevation, and over-the-counter pain medications for relief. Moderate to severe shoulder injuries may require physical therapy, trigger point therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic care for partial or complete relief. At AFC Physical Medicine & Chiropractic Centers, our team works with patients to identify the cause of their shoulder injury to ultimately decrease pain and inflammation, improve muscular coordination, and strengthen various muscles and ligaments.