Also commonly known as swimmer’s shoulder, shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) is a condition that occurs due to repeated use of overhead arm movements. This condition is common, but it is also irritating and painful, and not only restricts a person’s ability to exercise but it can also hamper everyday activities, which can have a significant detrimental effect on work and daily life.
If you have been treated for shoulder impingement syndrome, or are experiencing significant undiagnosed pain in your shoulders and shoulder blades, keep reading. We’ve covered the basics of this condition including shoulder impingement exercises that will help to relieve pain and restore your mobility over time.
SIS is a condition that occurs when the acromion (the top edge of the shoulder blade) and the bursa sac (a fluid-filled sac between the acromion and tendon) rub against the rotator cuffs, trapping the rotator cuff tendons and causing pain and irritation. This usually occurs when the arms are repeatedly lifted overhead and rotated away from the body.
This is why the condition is normally associated with sports, particularly swimming. However, it can also be a result of painting, lifting heavy objects, and pre-existing bone or joint abnormalities.
Common symptoms of SIS include:
In order to diagnose you with SIS, your healthcare provider will examine the affected area and will test the range of motion in your shoulders and arms. X-rays may also be taken to ensure it isn’t a result of arthritis and to check the position of the bone and rotator cuffs.
Thankfully, there are certain shoulder impingement stretches that you can do to help alleviate pain, pressure, and weakness in your arms and shoulders.
Door Chest Stretch
Anterior Shoulder Stretch
Posterior Shoulder Stretch
Internal Shoulder Rotation
For this exercise, you will need a resistance band and will return to the doorway in exercise 1.
Shoulder impingement syndrome can make life difficult, but with proper exercise and treatment, you can relieve pain and irritation and begin the healing process.
If you or a loved one are struggling with SIS or other shoulder injuries, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Atlanta-based team at Kellie K Middleton MD. We provide thorough injury diagnoses and treatment, and are dedicated to getting you back on your feet in no time! For more information or to set up a consultation, you can call us at +770-509-4030 or send an email to email@example.com.