Most people don’t think about their shoulders and how they are constructed when they go about their daily activities. There is no need to as long as the shoulder keeps working. However, when you have a problem with your shoulder, as simple as minor pain, or even worse, the inability to move your arm correctly, you start to think about your shoulder. What you are feeling could be the symptoms of shoulder impingement syndrome.
What Is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?
To understand Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, you have to have a short lesson in the parts of your shoulder. Your shoulder is made up of muscles and tendons (one of which is the Rotator Cuff) surrounded by bone. When you use your arm, this arrangement allows for the protection of the muscles and tendons but also free movement. However, overuse, injury, and even repeatedly sleeping wrong can cause a muscle or tendon to become inflamed. This inflammation can lead to swelling. If the muscles or tendons swell, they reduce the free space available for the shoulder joint to work correctly. If the affected tendon is the Rotator Cuff, it can also squeeze the small blood capillaries which reduces the blood flow This will initially result in minor pain, but if you continue the action that caused the problem, you will begin to notice a lack of normal mobility.
What Are the Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?
If you develop Shoulder Impingement Syndrome you may notice it is becoming painful, difficult, or both to reach anything past the height of your shoulder. Another classic symptom is that you may notice it is becoming difficult, if not painful, to reach behind your back. Initially, you may notice that your shoulder has become a little stiff. It may ache or throb as well and it does this even at rest. When you use your shoulder, the pain worsens.
As time goes on and the condition worsens, you may notice that if you sleep on the affected side, the pain gets worse. You may also notice that as the pain in your shoulder increases, the strength in your arm decreases. This will make it difficult to perform everyday activities like carrying groceries. Your range of motion will decrease and left untreated, can result in rotator cuff tears.
What Causes Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?
The major cause of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is the overuse of the shoulder. Yes, it sounds like it’s unavoidable, but the overuse is related specifically to moving your arm above your shoulder and then to the back. It is sometimes referred to as swimmer’s shoulder. Occupations like painting, packing, and construction can cause this as can other sports such as baseball, softball, and tennis.
Another cause of the Syndrome is poor posture. When you have poor posture, your shoulders fall forward and in doing so, cause the space need for the muscles and tendons to get smaller. Over time this has a detrimental effect on your shoulders.
Can You Fix It?
Fortunately, if caught early, simple steps can be taken to correct the problem. Here at Vibrant Life Chiropractic, we can perform a technique specifically for this syndrome and we have patients that it works wonders on. We will also determine what caused the syndrome and give you exercises you can perform at home, based on the cause, to prevent the syndrome from returning.
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