Shoulder Impingement, Symptoms, Cause & Treatment Options
Shoulder impingement syndrome is when tendons or ligaments of the shoulders are compressed, irritated, or pinched in shoulder joints or bones.
The most commonly affected muscles in shoulder compression or impingement are the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles. Tendons are cords or bands of connective tissues that attach muscles to bones. The rotator cuffs are a group of four muscles that stabilize and move the shoulders.
Shoulder impingement is typically described as pain in the shoulder with the lifting of the arm. Compression or impingement of the soft tissues (mostly tendons) results in persistent pain, limitation of movement, and loss of stability in the affected shoulder joint.
With compression, pain results when the rotator cuff tendons or a bursa rub against the acromion process with the arm’s lifting. Persistent irritation to the tendons or other tissues causes inflammation. Over time, the affected tendons or soft tissues develop rotator cuff tendinitis, and the inflamed bursa will develop into shoulder bursitis.
Neglect of rotator cuff tendinopathy may lead to degenerative changes and even tears. Therefore, timely diagnosis and targeted treatments are needed to avoid lengthy shoulder disorders and surgery.
What Form Of Shoulder Therapy Works Better?
Shoulder impingement therapy through high-intensity laser therapy, shockwave therapy, ultrasound therapy, targeted shoulder exercise, electrotherapy, specialized methods of physiotherapy & shoulder specific systems of chiropractic care for shoulder joint works better than injections or surgery.
Symptoms Of An Impingement Syndrome
Symptoms of shoulder compression or impingement vary among individuals. Pain can occur at the front, top, or back of the shoulder joint. Symptoms’ location and severity are dependent on the nature of compression and the site of impingement or compression.
However, in some cases, the pain may radiate to the arm or elbow. Some patients will complain of difficulty carrying out daily tasks such as removing their shirts or lifting their shoulders. Some patients even experience pain in more severe cases while sleeping on the affected arm, disturbing their sleep. Whereas some patients only feel the pain when they lift heavy objects.
Best Clinical Non-surgical Treatment For Shoulder Pain & Impingements
Impingement or compression syndromes in the shoulders can occur at any age to anybody. However, it is more likely to occur in people who perform repetitive overhead activities such as swimming, weightlifting, or badminton. Occupations that require overhead lifting above shoulder level are also at higher risk of developing rotator cuff impingement. Therefore, impingement syndromes in the shoulders are also more common as one ages.
The rotator cuff tendons degenerate with age, and they become less flexible and elastic. With constant rubbing against tendons of the rotator cuff will lead to tears. It can happen, which can be extremely painful to perform simple necessary daily activities.
If not treated immediately, the impingement can be a nuisance. As mentioned, patients will have difficulty performing the simplest task in severe cases, permanently affecting their lifestyle. Our centers offer effective non-invasive therapeutic measures that address shoulder disorders, including impingement syndromes.
Treatments offered at the Chiropractic Specialty Centers® are through the best clinical teams of chiropractors and physiotherapists in Malaysia. Let our expert spine and joint specialists help you recover from shoulder pain or injury, as neglect will almost always lead to more significant issues. Contact us now to book an appointment with Malaysia’s top corrective chiropractor to know how you can eliminate shoulder impingement with our highly effective treatments.