Shoulder Impingement

Having shoulder issues? Maybe it’s waking you up at night or holding you back from a having a good workout? You could be dealing with a shoulder impingement.

Hallmark signs of shoulder impingement include shoulder weakness, pain at night, or inability to reach or lift overhead or behind the back. Most people think ball and socket when thinking about the shoulder. This is the gleno-humeral joint, which is in important joint in the shoulder. However, there are other shoulder joints that may be the source of the problem. The scapulo-thoracic, sterno-clavicular, and acromioclavicular joints can all become dysfunctional due to injury, bad posture, or overuse. [insert pictures of joints]

When one of these areas becomes problematic, it can limit strength and range of motion in the shoulder in general, eventually leading to an impingement syndrome. Multiple structures can be affected in a shoulder impingement, including, ligaments, bursa, or rotator cuff tendons, or biceps tendons. Generally one of several of these structures is being pinched or “impinged” when moving the arm, causing inflammation and irritation.

There are several possible causes of impingement syndrome, and it can affect people of all backgrounds and activity levels. For example, office workers can suffer shoulder impingement due to lack of activity and poor posture, while more active people and fitness enthusiasts might develop problems related to faulty mechanics or overuse.

The good news is, most cases of shoulder impingement can be solved without invasive surgery, medications, or injections. At Chainwork, we approach shoulder impingement from multiple angles. We aim to restore full movement, develop a better sense of stability and strength, while also empowering people with a lifestyle of postural awareness.



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