Shoulder impingement


Doesn’t sound nice does it?

There is much debate around the use of this word, should we as physios/doctors etc. use this word? What does it mean anyway? Is it a structural thing? Sounds like it!

However!! Only occasionally is it structural, which is when the shape of a bone in your shoulder causes tissues to get caught when you lift your arm, but this is rare, if even ever the cause of your pain.

Impingement is really just a symptom like pain!

Simply put It is the result of your rotator cuff muscles and shoulder blade muscles not doing their job right! A combination of strength, control and timing is required to make sure when you lift your arm that nothing gets tight. Sometimes after injury, or if you do a repeated shoulder action, this mechanism can go wrong, leading to pain and weakness.

Following a thorough examination your Sligo Physio Space physiotherapist, can find the cause of your problem, and use hands on therapy and specific exercises to relieve your pain and get you back doing what you love!

I have put together a video with some of the best shoulder exercises. Check it out!

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