Shoulder impingement occurs when the tendons in your rotator cuff are repetitively compressed. When this happens, it can be difficult to move your arm without experiencing a pinching sensation in the shoulder, which is why shoulder impingement is often referred to as a pinched shoulder.
Treatments for shoulder impingement vary depending on the cause and severity. For example, a severe injury involving significant tissue tears may require surgery for treatment. However, in many cases, shoulder impingement can be treated with physical therapy.
One of the primary goals of shoulder impingement physical therapy is to reduce and manage pain. This may be achieved through stretches and exercises that target muscles and soft tissue that can improve support for the joint and reduce pressure off the injured tendons.
It may also include a series of hands-on techniques that help reduce pain and break up scar tissue that may be a source of the impingement.
Improved range of motion
Targeted stretches and exercises can help improve the flexibility of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your rotator cuff. This helps you improve the range of motion that has been limited by your condition.
Targeted stretches and exercises also help improve the strength of the muscles and tendons in your rotator cuff. This is partly what helps to reduce pain, and stronger muscles can also help reduce the chances of a similar injury developing in the future.
Physical therapy can enable you to return to your favorite activities. Reducing pressure off the injured tendons and improving the strength and range of motion of your rotator cuff can improve your overall recovery time.
Visit SOL Physical Therapy today for shoulder impingement physical therapy
Do you have a pinched shoulder that is causing you pain and keeping you from doing what you enjoy the most? Our team at SOL Physical Therapy can help. Our physical therapists can work with you to provide a personalized treatment that can help you recover and get back to doing what you love. Contact our team today for more information about shoulder impingement physical therapy or to schedule an initial appointment.