Physical therapy has proven to be very beneficial in helping shoulder injuries and conditions, including shoulder impingement syndrome.
At Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, we specialize in helping those who have shoulder impingement syndrome. We are conveniently located in Atlanta and Marietta, GA, and offer many nonsurgical treatment options, including physical therapy. If you suspect this condition may be the cause of your pain, give us a call so that we can provide you with the help you need.
Shoulder impingement syndrome (also known as subacromial syndrome) is a condition in which the repetitive cycle of your rotator cuff rubbing between your upper arm (humerus) and the outer tip of your shoulder (acromion) causes irritation and pain.
Your rotator cuff tendons and bursa (a fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion between the rotator cuff tendon and acromion) are located beneath the acromion. This repetitive rubbing leads to more swelling, causing the space between the rotator cuff and acromion to become more narrow.
With less space available, it is easier for the acromion to rub against or “impinge on” the muscles and tendons. If your muscles and tendons are not able to slide easily, they can get pinched or compressed beneath the acromion, resulting in pain.
Shoulder impingement syndrome develops when your rotator cuff tendons are injured or overused. It can also be the result of poor posture. Shoulder impingement is very common, and the pain you experience can come on gradually or very suddenly.
If you are experiencing shoulder impingement, you may want to keep the following signs in mind. You may feel that you have:
First, your occupational therapist will review your medical history and thoroughly evaluate your injury. Your evaluation may include:
Our occupational therapists, or physical therapists, will want to know about any pain and additional symptoms you may be experiencing. You may also be asked about your job duties and hobbies. This may seem like a random question; however, it is very helpful in creating a specific personalized treatment plan so that you can continue to do the things you love and accomplish your work-related duties.
Additionally, x-rays may also be taken to rule out or identify other conditions that could be contributing to your pain.
A physical therapist can help you properly treat your shoulder impingement by:
Our occupational therapists at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow are ready to help, and our offices are conveniently located in Marietta and Atlanta, GA. Having a nonsurgical treatment option to treat shoulder impingement syndrome is priceless!
Let us help you regain your independence. To see if you would be a good candidate, call one of our offices today!