Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Impingement syndrome is when the soft tissues in and around the shoulder joint are repeatedly jammed up by the bones around them. Typically, this occurs when the arm is about halfway to the overhead position. Impingement syndrome can limit your ability to lift the arm at all, or to use it with any force in that position, such as throwing a ball or writing on a whiteboard. Impingement syndrome usually involves inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons, in particular the supraspinatus tendon (supraspinatus tendinopathy or tendonitis), particularly in people over 40 years old. It can also involve inflammation of the subacromial bursa (subacromial bursitis) in people under 40 years old.

Treat This Condition with Active Isolated Stretching

There is usually consistent irritation in the subacromial region. Extrinsic causes such as an acromial spur, tendon calcification, a curved or hooked acromion, or acromioclavicular osteophytes may be present. Most frequently impingement involves the musculotendinous portion of the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the subscapularis, or the long head of the biceps.

Benefits of Using AIS

The program should include the entire shoulder AIS stretching program and emphasise shoulder sideward elevation, having the palm of the hand facing backwards. The strength program should include the rotator cuff muscles, shoulder stabilization exercises, and posterior shoulder adduction using a band or pulley and pulling downward toward the buttock, having the body face away from the mechanism of overload.

Source: StretchingUSA / APA