Shoulder Impingement

Conditions / Shoulder Impingement

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What Is It?

Shoulder impingement occurs when the tendon of the rotator cuff passes through a space below the acromion. The acromion is the bony tip of the outer edge of the shoulder blade (scapula) that extends from the back side of the bone and meets with the end of your collarbone (clavicle) at your shoulder. The rubbing or pinching of the tendon against the acromion causes this impingement.

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Why Is It Happening?

There are several factors that can contribute to this impingement, including:

  1. Torn or swollen tendon: Overuse from repetitive shoulder activity, injury, or age-related wear and tear can result in a torn or swollen tendon, making it more prone to impingement.
  2. Irritated and inflamed bursa: The bursa is a fluid-filled sac located between your tendon and the acromion. It helps the muscles and tendons glide smoothly over the bones. Overuse of the shoulder or injury can cause irritation and inflammation of the bursa, contributing to impingement.
  3. Abnormal acromion shape or bone spurs: Some individuals may have a naturally non-flat acromion or develop bone spurs on the acromion as part of the aging process. These structural changes can increase the likelihood of tendon impingement.

These factors combined can lead to shoulder impingement, resulting in pain, discomfort, and restricted shoulder movement.

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How We Can Help

First, we carefully assess the factors that contribute to reducing your shoulder symptoms, allowing us to provide prompt pain relief.

Next, we focus on correcting any movement or mobility dysfunctions that may hinder the smooth rotation of the shoulder blade around the ribcage.

Lastly, we work on strengthening and stabilizing the area to ensure long-term resolution of the underlying issues, effectively preventing their recurrence.

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