The Shoulder Joint
The shoulder is a complicated joint, making shoulder movement a complex interaction between your core, shoulder blade, and your shoulder joint. The shoulder joint contains part of your shoulder blade (scapula) and the head of your upper arm bone (humerus). The muscles that move the head of your humerus are your rotator cuff muscles. We’ll go into more detail about these muscles next week when we discuss the Rotator Cuff Injuries–today’s blog is a general post on Impingement Syndrome. Shoulder impingement is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain.
What is Impingement Syndrome?
Impingement syndrome is when one or more of the tendons in the shoulder joint becomes compressed. Being such a complex joint, there is not much extra space in and around the shoulder joint. Everything has to fit together just right. In addition to tendons and bony structures, you have a bursa in your shoulder. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a pillow between the bony parts of your shoulder blade and the tendons. If the bursa becomes inflamed or swollen at all, impingement of the rotator cuff tendons can occur. Typically, people suffering from impingement are athletes repeatedly using their arm overhead or individuals who reach overhead daily while at work. Moreover, if you are “hiking” your shoulders (shoulders move straight up towards ears) while lifting, rather than lifting from your core, you can irritate the tendon under the bursa.
Can Therapy Help My Shoulder Pain?
At LB Hand Therapy, we will initially help you to manage the pain and inflammation. Lots of ice! Once your pain level has decreased, we will begin to strengthen the muscles of both the shoulder blade and core to take the stress off the rotator cuff muscles. With rest and exercise, our patients are usually able to return to their normal activities with time.
Are you experiencing shoulder pain? Don’t wait until it becomes unbearable! LB Hand Therapy can help provide relief while helping to strengthen your shoulder blade and core to prevent future pain. Visit Where to Begin to become a patient.