Did you know there are more than 200,000 cases of shoulder impingement every year?
When activities performed at or above shoulder level begin to elicit pain over the side of the shoulder and arm, there is a good chance that shoulder impingement may be the cause.
What is Shoulder Impingement?
Shoulder impingement describes a condition in which one of the rotator cuff tendons, the supraspinatus, is compressed between the top of the arm bone, called the humerus, and a projection of the shoulder blade known as the acromion.
This compression often becomes greater when the arm is held in an overhead position. Repetitive compression can lead to inflammation and degeneration of the rotator cuff tendon eventually leading to shoulder pain and loss of daily function.
A shoulder impingement can be classified by three sections.
- Grade 1: inflammation of the bursa and tendons
- Grade 2: increase in the thickening and scarring of the bursa
- Grade 3: the rotator cuff degenerates, and tears start to happen
Shoulder impingements are common in young and old adults, as well as athletic people. In sports, these athletes are more common to have a rotator cuff tear as a result of a shoulder impingement:
- Volleyball Players
How is a Shoulder Impingement Treated?
Physical therapists use a variety of interventions to treat shoulder impingement, such as:
- Rotator Cuff Strengthening
- Gentle stretching of tight muscles
- Teach you how to sit correctly
Treating shoulder impingement is a multi-step process, but most patients notice significant improvement after just a couple of sessions. We will teach you how to avoid the activities and positions that are currently causing pain while we help you build the strength and flexibility needed to do all the activities in life that are important to you.
Dynamic Physical Therapy
If you or a family member think you may be suffering from shoulder impingement, please call Dynamic Physical Therapy: 304-225-0910. We utilize a combination of hands-on techniques and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered environment to truly generate Health In Motion.