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How to Cure Shoulder Discomfort

If you have shoulder impingement some discomfort you may experience include:

  • Restricted ranges of motion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain when raising your arms, sleeping, or with overhead movements.

It is important to get this condition treated as soon as possible when symptoms are present, to avoid more significant injuries such as rotator cuff tears.

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition that occurs when the rotator-cuff tendons, ligaments, and bursa in the shoulder are pinched or compressed, resulting in pain and impaired movements. 

How shoulder impingement occurs:

  • Repetitive overhead movements, such as golfing, throwing, or swimming, or frequent overhead reaching and lifting
  • Should injuries such as a fall or contact injury
  • Poor posture and muscular weakness
  • Joint tightness or structural abnormalities
  • Osteoarthritis 

Physical therapy is a great way to address these impairments and restore function if you suffer from shoulder impingement. 

Ways that physical therapy can help with shoulder discomfort:

  • Pain management
  • Manual Therapy
    • These techniques may include joint mobilizations, soft tissue massage, passive range-of-motion, and stretching. 
  • Range of Motion Exercises
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Patient Education
    • Patients will be educated on proper posture and mechanics that will decrease shoulder impingement. 
  • Function
    • Patients will be educated and instructed on proper mechanics of specific functional activities such as throwing of lifting an object on a shelf. 

Do not wait until your shoulder problems get worse to get treated. If you are experiencing shoulder pain or discomfort, LSTC is the place to come for help. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get and the longer the recovery period.

By: Michael Herbert Jr., ATC

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