Posterior Capsule

Shoulder pain is probably the condition I see most in my Beverly Hills chiropractic practice. Because of the mobility of the shoulder joint, it is prone to all kinds of pain conditions. In an attempt to stabilize an often non-stable shoulder joint, the body will create certain circumstances that can lead to pain and discomfort of the shoulder.

One such situation occurs with a tight posterior capsule, which is a connective tissue at the back of the glenohumeral (GH) joint. When this tissue gets tight, it can cause a narrowing of the subacromial space, increasing the probability of pinching off and thus causing inflammation to the elements that sit in the space, or causing a shoulder impingement syndrome.

To stretch a tight posterior capsule at home you can do this following stretch (demonstrated in video below). This excellent shoulder stretch loosens the tight posterior capsule, allowing the subacromial space to open and thus preventing shoulder impingement.

Try the stretches in the video below to relieve shoulder pain and prevent shoulder injuries. But don’t forget to visit your friendly neighborhood Beverly Hills sports chiropractor for shoulder pain relief.

3 Responses to Home Stretches for Shoulder Pain Relief

  1. Avatar Teri Alogna says:

    Dr. Campos,
    I had to have my right shoulder replaced (I’m R shoulder dominant) back in 2002 due to Avascular necrosis from the long period of time that I was on steroids to help my lungs that were damaged from chemo and radiation back in 1999 & 2000. Well the first Orthopod stated he could do this surgery, no problem, both my mom and myself have been in the medical profession for many yrs, she worked as an RN on a surgical floor and I did CNA/Unit Secretary and to the point of where CNA were LPNS and I worked surgi, ortho with mom oncology and just about everything else. So we thought we could trust him, but right after he told my mom he had to take out my rotator cuff and that I only had one muscle in there to hold my shoulder together. Then the physical therapist comes in and states well your Dr wants me to start PT on you now…I told her no because I just came back from surgery an hour ago and had a total shoulder done. My mom who is as smart as a tack and my Aunt and Uncle were all there with me hey knew what I was going into surgery for. The PT said no you just went in for rotator cuff. She came over and pulled and she ruined the work the dr had done. I had been in pain for over a year until I couldn’t take it anymore and saw another Orthopod in the group…he was rude and morphine was not helping my pain at 40mg and I was driving myself to work over 40 miles away. This Dr told my mom to “relax and be thankful it wasn’t cancer.” My mom then said “what do you expect her to be on pain meds for the rest of her life?” He said, “Yes!” We decided we wanted a second opinion, so we went to Birmingham, AL to the Sports Ortho Center Dr. Andrews Group and Dr. Andrews said he would take my case but he would have his associate Dr. David Dugas do my surgery. He did my surgery and he told my mom and eventually me that my shoulder was frozen, the “so called ball” was way too big and it slipped between the bone the muscle and he had saved me from taking my life back then. My question for you is this, how long do total shoulders normally last with yoyr normal everyday wear and tear? My first surgery was done in 2002 & the revision was done in 2003. The thing is if I have to have my shoulder replacd again, Dr. Andrews group in Alabama does not take Florida Medicaid. Do you know of any well qualified orthopods who specialize in this kind of procedure in the Panhandle of Florida, Tallahassee, Panama City anywhere even towards Jacksonville? Because I’m starting to have worsening pain in my right shoulder like I did when I had to have my shoulder replaced. Any kind of assistance from you would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time in reading my message, which has now turned into a letter. Sorry Dr. Campos, I just wanted to make sure you had all the facts.


    Teri Lynn Alogna

    • Dr. Nick Campos Dr. Nick Campos says:

      Thank you for the comment/question Teri…unfortunately I think my answer is not going to be very satisfying for you, because truth is, I just have no answer. First, I do not know any orthos in Florida, so can’t help you there.

      And second, I have no answer regarding your condition or pain. All I can say for people that might be considering going under the knife, just realize that once you do your chances of having an experience like Teri’s is high, in my opinion. You see, these types of surgeries were really developed and meant for athletes, or at the very least, highly active people like manual laborers perhaps; and for these people they can be very useful, but remember these people expect, and live with, some pain all the time anyway, so it really comes down to ‘degrees’ of pain.

      But in medicine’s drive to expand its miracles to every person on the planet, it and they never considered that on everyday people, the complications of invasive procedures into healthy human tissue causes a complex protective body reaction replete with scar tissue and other inflammatory consequences. These can, and often do, lead to even more pain and dysfunction.

      In the end a person receiving any orthopedic surgery will need to rehab their shoulder (knee, wrist, etc), which in my opinion is all that is really needed in a very large percentage of the non-professional athletes to whom these surgeries are being recommended(like nurses).

      So again I wish I could be of more help to you, Teri, but unfortunately,I don’t know what to tell you. Keep looking and never give up is the best advice I can give.

      But for anybody reading this who might be considering a shoulder surgery (no matter how ‘routine’ you are being told it is) who are not professional athletes, soldiers, laborers, or anybody else used to living in some sort of pain, and merely wishing to reduce the degree of that pain, think twice…you’ll probably do better in the long run with a good rehab program. But since I know the average American trusts their medical doctors more than their own mothers, my feeling is many more thousands will have to experience what Teri is experiencing before we all wise up.

      Thank you again, Teri

  2. Avatar Teri Alogna says:

    Thank you Dr. Campos I appreciate you responding back to me. This is a very aggrevating thing to go through, day in and day out…add stress to the pain and that doesn’t help either!

    I would encourage everyone who needs to have their shoulder replaced to do their homework…check on the Orthopaedic Doctors who have done this surgery and what is their success rate with this surgery…were there any complications, how
    long will my new should last, 10,20,30 years? Ask the Orthopaedic as many questions as possible and if that doctordoesn’t or refuses to tell you his success rate, then find another Orthopaedic. I had to learn the hard way and I don’t want to see anybody else go through the pain and agony that I went through!

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