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