What is it?
Shoulder impingement syndrome was originally a single diagnosis but is now recognised as a range of symptoms and pathologies from multiple causes. Barring structural abnormalities, it is often pain as a result of the rotator cuff musculature becoming irritated or “impinged” under certain bone structures of the shoulder.
How common is it?
Shoulder impingement is believed to be the most common cause of shoulder pain with a prevalence of around 44% – 65%. With all shoulder complaints having a prevalence of 7% – 32%.
Who usually suffers from it?
Occupations and sports which involve repetitive overhead activities are most commonly afflicted. (Sports such as volleyball, tennis and handball and occupations including tradesmen and care workers with high physical loads).
How is it managed?
Conservative therapy involving manual therapy and rehabilitation are considered first line treatments. Often with shoulder impingement syndromes there are movement pattern issues and muscular weakness that needs to be addressed in order to attain results.
At Michael & David Black Chiropractic Group, Dr. Michael & David Black will perform a verbal and physical examination to rule out other causes of your symptoms. In most cases they will use a combination of manual therapy such as massage and appropriate rehabilitative care with the aim of reducing pain and improving function of the shoulder.
For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Black at Manningham Road Chiropractic Centre and Armadale Chiropractic Centre. Private health funds cover chiropractic care and some patients qualify for a Medicare EPC referral if they have a long-standing problem.