Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common orthopedic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by a compression of the rotator cuff tendons and the bursa situated beneath the acromion bone. This condition causes pain, weakness, and limited mobility in the shoulder joint, making daily activities challenging. Though shoulder impingement syndrome can be stressful, there is hope as physical therapy has shown to be an effective treatment method for this condition. In this article, we’ll delve into the causes and treatment options available for shoulder impingement syndrome.
Causes of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
There are various factors that can cause shoulder impingement syndrome. It commonly occurs as a result of overuse or repetitive strain injury from activities that require a lot of shoulder use such as throwing, painting, or lifting. Additionally, anatomical abnormalities like a hooked-shaped acromion, can predispose an individual to shoulder impingement syndrome. Poor posture is also a contributing factor as it leads to shoulder muscle imbalances causing undue stress on certain parts of the shoulder and consequent impingement.
Treatment Options for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Physical therapy is an effective treatment method for shoulder impingement syndrome. A physical therapist can help address the underlying causes of the condition and also improve overall shoulder mobility. The initial stages of physical therapy involves the following:
Rest and Immobilization: This is done to give the shoulder time to heal and to reduce inflammation in the affected area.
Pain Management: Physical therapy focuses on reducing pain both for comfort and to promote healing. Modalities like hot and cold therapy, massage therapy, and electrotherapy can be used to manage pain.
Strengthening Exercises: Shoulder impingement syndrome often causes muscle atrophy or weakness. Physical therapists will often prescribe exercises that strengthen shoulder muscles, improve flexibility, and also improve posture.
If you have shoulder impingement syndrome, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. In addition to physical therapy, you may also need medication, injections, or surgery, depending on the severity of your condition. At POSMC, our team of orthopedic professionals and physical therapists have the expertise and experience to diagnose and treat shoulder impingement syndrome. We offer cutting-edge solutions that will help you regain shoulder mobility and also prevent future complications. Don’t let shoulder impingement syndrome limit your activities, schedule a consultation with POSMC today.
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