What is Shoulder Impingement?
Shoulder impingement is a common condition in which the tendons or bursa (small fluid-filled sacs) in the shoulder become irritated or compressed. This can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder, as well as difficulty with certain movements.
There are several different types of shoulder impingement, including subacromial impingement, which occurs when the tendons or bursa in the shoulder become compressed under the acromion (bony prominence at the top of the shoulder blade).
Symptoms of shoulder impingement can include pain in the shoulder, especially when lifting the arm or reaching overhead, weakness in the shoulder, and a popping or cracking sound when moving the arm.
The main causes of shoulder impingement are repetitive overhead movements, such as those commonly seen in athletes, or injury to the shoulder. Shoulder impingement can also be caused by underlying conditions, such as rotator cuff tears or arthritis.
What can I do about Shoulder Impingement?
Treatment for shoulder impingement typically involves a combination of rest, physical therapy, and medication to reduce pain and inflammation. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or remove damaged tissue.
Physical therapy exercises such as range of motion exercises, strengthening exercises, and stretching are helpful in treating shoulder impingement. Surgery may be considered in cases where conservative treatment has failed, or in cases of severe impingement or tears.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain or weakness, contact Apex Physical Therapy Specialists today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan for your shoulder impingement. We offer high-quality, personalized physical therapy services to guide you on your journey to optimum health. Call us today to book an appointment.