Our shoulders are made to move, the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the human body. This extreme flexibility make the shoulder susceptible to injury. The vast majority of injuries to the shoulder are a result of muscle imbalances. Client who present with shoulder pain will often have quite rounded shoulders with associated thigh pec and weak rotator cuff.
Shoulder pain symptoms may include gradual onset over a period of time with the client not been able to recall sudden onset. Shoulder pain can refer to anterior and lateral side of the shoulder joint, especially during sports or actives which involve overhead movements such as racket sports, throwing and swimming .
Supraspinatus impingement syndrome is a result of the supraspinatus tendon becoming impinged as it travels through the subacromial space. The friction of the tendon rubbing of the acromion results in the tendon becoming inflamed and irritated. The inflammation response leads to thickening of the tendon which can reduce the subacromial space even further leading to more shoulder pain and limited movement above shoulder height.
Shoulder impingement is only one source of shoulder pain. There are many other reason someone will experience shoulder pain which include labral tear, shoulder instability, rotator cuff tear, bony growths, bicep tendon issues and scapula dysfunction. However, if shoulder impingement is left untreated it can result in a tear in any of the rotator cuff muscles.
At DC Physiotherapy Lucan and Clondalkin we are experts in diagnosing the source of dysfunction and working with our clients to reduce pain and promote movement. Treatment may include manual therapy, deep tissue massage and dry needling trigger point therapy.
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