The shoulder is subject to different irritations, injuries, and conditions. Shoulder impingement is a common ailment but is often confused with other shoulder problems. Properly treating impingement syndrome needs proper diagnosis first. Most shoulder impingement cases do not require surgery. Conservative treatment like chiropractic focuses on pain reduction while increasing the range of motion. This is achieved with manual manipulation, soft tissue therapy, cold laser therapy, and spinal adjustments for shoulder posture realignment.
Shoulder impingement often gets confused with a pinched nerve or a rotator cuff tear. The symptoms can be similar, but the treatment options differ. This is why it’s important to know the specific shoulder issue presenting. This can be done by recognizing the symptoms and performing a shoulder impingement self-exam. Symptoms include:
There are self-exams at home to help determine if it is in fact shoulder impingement. These exams are just to get a better idea, but a professional chiropractic diagnosis is recommended.
If there is some sort of impingement different treatment options exist. Many doctors treat shoulder impingement with injections and pain management. Studies show that conservative treatment, like chiropractic, have shown positive results for shoulder impingement cases.
Chiropractic improves joint function and mobility while treating the underlying root cause. A chiropractor will use a multi-approach depending on the cause. A combination of adjustments, anti-inflammatory protocols, and active release techniques can be used.
One of the first things chiropractors look at is the spine. This is because poor posture, and slumping shoulders, can be a major contributor to impingement. Chiropractors perform a posture assessment and, if necessary a spinal adjustment to achieve proper alignment is the beginning to get the body back in balance.
Next, is the shoulder itself. Deep tissue massage and anti-inflammation techniques like cold laser therapy or ultrasound can relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. Once the pain has decreased, the chiropractor will move on to active release techniques.
Usually the result of the muscles or tendons becoming inflamed and irritated, the active release technique is used to separate any scar tissue from the soft tissue. The active release technique is performed with a combination of movement and manipulation. This increases healing through proper blood flow and circulation.
Here is an example of a potential treatment plan. All treatment plans are different depending on:
The stretches and exercises are an essential part of the healing process. The specific exercises will depend on the individual’s specific treatment plan but are made to be gentle on the body without any special equipment. If you have any questions call our chiropractic and physical therapy clinic to talk to a trained professional.
Strength training is defined as a technique/method of improving the body’s muscular strength. This is achieved by gradually increasing the resistance force through the use of free weights, machines, or body weight. This means the body gets stronger and more capable of performing regular, work, and sports activities without experiencing weakness, fatigue, discomfort, and pain. Examples could include:
Strength training has numerous benefits, including:
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Garving, Christina et al. “Impingement Syndrome of the Shoulder.” Deutsches Arzteblatt international vol. 114,45 (2017): 765-776. doi:10.3238/arztebl.2017.0765
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