Shoulder Impingement

Ditch the Shoulder Shuffle: Conquering Impingement with Braybrook Physio & Allied Health Clinic

Shoulder pain got you feeling all wonky? You might be grappling with shoulder impingement, a common culprit that disrupts your overhead moves and throws a wrench in your daily life. But fear not, fellow shoulder warriors! At Braybrook Physio & Allied Health Clinic, we’re experts at deciphering shoulder woes and guiding you back to pain-free days.

The Impingement Enigma

Picture this: tendons in your shoulder, like tiny ropes, gliding smoothly through a narrow space. Now, imagine overuse or injury causing them to snag and rub against nearby bones. That’s shoulder impingement in a nutshell – a viscous cycle of irritation, inflammation, and pain. And just like swimmer’s or thrower’s shoulder, it loves activities that involve reaching high.

Unmasking the Causes

While repetitive motions often play the lead role, other sneaky suspects can be involved:

  • Bony Bullies: Congenital bumps or age-related spurs can narrow the space, squeezing those poor tendons.
  • Shoulder Wobble: Weak or imbalanced shoulder blade muscles fail to stabilise the joint, leading to impingement.

Unmasking the Symptoms

  • Painful Arc: Reaching overhead or behind your back triggers a sharp twinge – a telltale sign of impingement.
  • Motion Mayhem: Lifting your arm feels like wrestling a stiff gate, and weakness can join the party.
  • Side Sleeper Snooze?: Forget comfy cuddles on the affected side – ouch!

Physiotherapy to the Rescue!

At Braybrook Physio & Allied Health Clinic, our skilled physiotherapists offer a personalised game plan to conquer your impingement:

  • R.I.C.E. It Up: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are your initial allies, calming the inflammation.
  • Massage the Mayhem Away: Gentle mobilisation and massage loosen tight muscles and ease pressure on the tendons.
  • Dry Needling Power: Precision needling targets trigger points, melting away muscle tension and pain.
  • Tape It Together: Strategic taping supports your shoulder and optimises movement.
  • Mobility is Key: We’ll prescribe targeted exercises to restore your shoulder’s natural glide and prevent future flare-ups.
  • Strength Training Savior: Building strong, balanced muscles around your shoulder joint provides added stability and protection.
  • Posture Perfect: We’ll help you ditch bad habits and adopt proper posture, keeping your shoulder blades happy.

 

Don’t let shoulder impingement steal your freedom of movement! Contact Braybrook Physio & Allied Health Clinic today and let our passionate physiotherapists design a customised plan to help you reclaim your pain-free life. Remember, you’re not alone in this fight – we’re here to cheer you on every step of the way!