Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (Subacromial Impingement) occurs as the result of chronic repetitive compression of the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder. This could be caused by repetitive overhead movements, chronic poor posture, or trauma. It is most common in people who perform repetitive overhead movements at work, weightlifters, or overhead athletes.
Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome can consist of shoulder pain while reaching in any direction, decreased range of motion, and pain while laying on the involved side. If left untreated, impingement can lead to the rupture of the rotator cuff tendons. If you are experiencing symptoms of Impingement Syndrome, schedule a Physical Therapy appointment as soon as possible! This will decrease your chances of severe injury and improve your quality of life.
Your physical therapist will assess strength imbalances, mobility deficits, postural abnormalities, and ask about your job duties and hobbies in order to determine both the cause and solution to your pain. Your Physical Therapist will then design an individualized treatment plan to decrease pain, improve shoulder motion, and improve strength so that you can return to your previous hobbies pain-free.