Are you one of those who suffers from shoulder impingement syndrome? This can also be referred to as Bursitis, Tendinitis or RTC Syndrome. Our personal trainers at Gold’s Gym in Norton, MA are here to help provide physical therapy to help you gain back function and decrease pain. Learn more by making an appointment today with Bridget Faucher, PT, DPT, OCS.
Shoulder impingement syndrome is an inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff from compression between a part of the shoulder blade and the head of the humerus. In 2003 alone, over 4 million doctor visits were due to rotator cuff problems, and 9.6% resulted in the diagnosis of shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS). The primary age group affected by SIS is 25-40 years of age. The causes of SIS are linked to repeated overhead activity, RTC weakness, poor posture and bone spurs.
The treatment for SIS can include: NSAIDS (anti-inflamatories), ice, rest, Physical Therapy, steroid injections, and subacromial decompression (surgical intervention). Physical therapy can aid in increasing range of motion, flexibility, and strength. A therapist can evaluate the patients’ posture and make corrections in order to increase function and efficiency, while decreasing pain in the affected shoulder.
What does the Research Say?
Exercise as prescribed by a physical therapist demonstrates effectiveness in decreasing pain and reducing functional loss in SIS. A combination of joint mobilization (as performed by your clinician) with exercise provides additional benefits when compared to exercise alone for SIS
Changing one or more components of posture may have a positive effect on shoulder range of movement and at the point at which pain is experienced.
SIS affects more than 423,000 individuals a year. The best treatment includes Physical Therapy and postural awareness. Research shows that exercise (as prescribed by a physical therapist) in combination with joint mobilizations of the shoulder integrating posture re-education has the greatest overall outcomes with the treatment of SIS.
Bridget Faucher, PT, DPT, OCS looks forward to treating you to help you gain back function and decrease pain.