Stiff, Sore Shoulder?
Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common and often painful condition that affects a wide range of individuals. This blog post aims to provide a deeper understanding of the condition, its symptoms, causes, and effective management strategies including exercises and treatments.
Decoding Shoulder Impingement
Shoulder impingement occurs when the shoulder blade (scapula) puts pressure on the underlying soft tissues when the arm is lifted. This can lead to pain and a range of motion limitations, impacting daily activities. NHS Link
Recognizing the Symptoms
Key symptoms of shoulder impingement include:
•Pain and Tenderness: Especially when lifting the arm or reaching behind.
•Weakness: Difficulty performing overhead activities.
•Reduced Mobility: Limited movement range in the shoulder
•Night Pain: Discomfort when lying on the affected side.
Exploring the Causes
Shoulder impingement can result from various factors:
•Repetitive Overhead Activity: Common in athletes and certain occupations.
•Poor Posture: Leading to muscle imbalances and shoulder instability.
•Aging: Tendons wear over time, increasing impingement risk.
Effective treatment involves a combination of:
1. Rest and Activity Modification: Avoiding movements that exacerbate symptoms.
2. Physiotherapy: Tailored exercises to strengthen and stabilize the shoulder.
3. Osteopathic Techniques: Manual therapy to improve mobility and reduce pain.
For professional advice and treatment, consider visiting Scott Daniels Osteopath.
Exercise: A Key to Recovery
Specific exercises can significantly alleviate symptoms:
•Stretching: To improve flexibility and reduce tension.
•Strengthening: Focusing on rotator cuff and scapular muscles.
•Posture Exercises: To correct muscle imbalances and stabilize the shoulder.
Seeking Expert Opinions
For advanced insights and treatment methodologies, resources by experts like Dr. Jeremy Lewis (shoulder management) and Jo Gibson (Shoulder Rehab) are invaluable. Their approaches provide a deeper understanding and innovative techniques in managing shoulder impingement.
Shoulder impingement, though challenging, can be effectively managed with appropriate care. Understanding the condition, adopting suitable exercises, and seeking professional help are key to improving shoulder health and overall well-being. If you would like more advice then please call us on 01622 631401 or contact us through the website.