In the first of our Injuries Unpacked series, we are taking a look at one of the injuries we see a lot of in the clinic: shoulder impingement syndrome.
Shoulder impingement is when the space where the rotator cuff tendons in your shoulder decreases which causes structures in your shoulder to rub against each other. If this rubbing occurs over a period of time, pain will start to be felt. Impingement can occur in different parts of the shoulder and cause different symptoms to be experienced.
Causes of shoulder impingement can be varied and can occur for several reasons usually related to the muscles used and position around the shoulder. These can include rotator cuff muscle overuse, poor muscle control, poor posture during certain activities or a tight shoulder capsule.
A physio will assess how your shoulder and arm is moving as well as look at how strong the muscles around your shoulder are. There are several special tests a physio can also perform which will help diagnose your injury.
Treatment will involve looking at the biomechanics of your shoulder to find out why the impingement is occurring.
Experiencing the symptoms of shoulder impingement? Get in touch with the clinic today, to book in with one of our experienced physiotherapists.