Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is the compression of soft-tissues in a small space above the shoulder joint (the “subacromial space”) when lifting the arm.

An assessment with a physiotherapist at ALO Physiotherapy will identify whether the shoulder pain is caused by impingement or whether it is due to a different cause. After diagnosing the problem, the physiotherapist will identify and describe the best treatment approach.

Symptoms

  • Shoulder and upper arm pain
  • Pain with elevation of the arm and overhead activities
  • Pain with rolling onto the shoulder in bed
  • Weakness

Causes of impingement

  • Impingement is common, occurring in one in three people.
  • There are two main causes of impingement: structural and functional.
  • Changes in the structure of the subacromial area, which can occur with age or following trauma, can cause impingement.
  • Functional changes that cause impingement include: muscle imbalances and instability of the shoulder joint.

Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy:

  • Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Taping
  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture