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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder impingement syndrome can occur to anyone at any age. However, if you play tennis or cricket, swim often, go to the gym, perform repetitive overhead work, or sit at a desk for long periods of time, you may be at greater risk.

In this blog we run through causes and common risk factors, exercises and recovery time.

Keep reading to learn more about shoulder impingement syndrome or click here to book an appointment with a qualified physiotherapist at one of North Brisbane physio clinics. 

Shoulder Impingement Causes

If you are experiencing a piercing pain in the side or front of your shoulder, and it gets worse when you move your arm overhead, you may have shoulder impingement syndrome

The shoulder joint is composed of the humeral head and the scapula and supported by ligaments and muscle.

As you move your arm overhead, the space between the humeral head and the scapula reduces and compresses the structures (bursa, tendon and/or muscle) that lie in between. 

Over time, these structures can become easily irritated and inflamed.

Common risk factors of shoulder impingement syndrome are:

  • Repetitive movements
  • Poor control of the shoulder
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Bony abnormalities in the shoulder joint
  • Previous injury to the shoulder

People who swim, play cricket or play tennis, may also be prone to the condition, due to the repetitive overhead actions involved like bowling and serving.

Shoulder Impingement Exercises

If you are experiencing shoulder impingement syndrome, it’s important to seek medical advice before beginning any exercises. 

The physiotherapists at North West Physio, will have a detailed discussion with you prior to developing an individualised exercise program. It will focus on improving the mechanics of your shoulder and strengthening surrounding muscles.

Typically, we incorporate:

  • Scapular exercises, such as rowing, push-ups and shrugs.
  • Scapular setting or positioning 

We may also carry out some hands-on treatment to settle initial symptoms. 

How Long does it Take to Recover from Shoulder Impingement?

Recovery time is different for everyone, but it normally takes between 3 and 6 months.

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

For your tailored exercise program to address your shoulder impingement concerns and improve mobility without pain, reach out to the trusted health professionals at North West Physio today here

North West Physiotherapy is your one-stop pain relief and healthy living practice in Brisbane. With four clinics across North Brisbane; Everton ParkKeperra, Eatons Hill and Nundah our aim is to provide holistic healthcare solution to suit your specific lifestyle. 

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