Shoulder Impingement, Symptoms, Cause and Treatment Options
Shoulder impingement is typically described as pain in the shoulder when the arm is lifted. The shoulder impingement is caused by compression or trapped rotator cuff tendons during shoulder movements. Shoulder impingement can result in persistent injury to the tendons and bursa which causes painful shoulder movements.
The pain is inflicted as the rotator cuff tendons or bursa rubs against the acromion process when the arm is elevated which then result in an impingement. Persistent irritation to the tendons or bursa can cause inflammation in the shoulder region. Over time, if the impingement is not treated, the affected tendons can develop rotator cuff tendinitis, and 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 disorder and surgery.
Symptoms of an Impingement Syndrome
Symptoms of shoulder impingement vary among different individuals. The location can be at the front of the shoulder or the top of the shoulder depending on the tendon affected. However, in some cases, the pain may radiate to the arm or elbow. Some patients will complain of having difficulty in carrying out daily tasks such as removing their shirt or lifting up their shoulder. In more severe cases, some patients even experience pain while sleeping on the affected arm which disturbs their sleep. Whereas some patients only feel the pain when they lift heavy objects.
Best Clinical Non-surgical treatment for Shoulder pain and Impingements
Impingement syndromes in 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 shoulders are also more common as one age. 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. Can happen which can be extremely painful to perform simple basic daily activities.
If not treated immediately, shoulder impingement can be a nuisance. As mentioned, in severe cases, patients will have difficulty in performing the simplest task, and it can permanently affect one’s lifestyle. Our centers offer effective non-invasive therapeutic measures that address shoulder disorder, including the impingement syndromes. Treatments offered at the Chiropractic Specialty Centers® are provided through the best clinical teams of chiropractors and physiotherapists in Malaysia. Let us help you recover from pain and injury as neglect will almost always lead to greater issues. Contact us now to book an appointment with our chiropractic doctors to know how you can get rid of shoulder impingement with our highly effective treatments.