Treatment for Painful Arc of the Shoulder
Our last article generated a lot of feedback, and we wanted to provide our reader with a better understanding of what happens when they have shoulder pain. Impingement Syndrome is an all too typical of shoulder dysfunction. Our clinical teams are well aware of the pitfall of inadequate therapy or patient management. Therefore, when you get your shoulder pain treatment through our physiotherapy or chiropractic in Malaysia, you can rest assured that the care you get is of the best clinical teams in town.
The glenohumeral joint is a relatively unstable ball-and-socket joint as the glenoid cavity is shallow. Static stabilizers of the joint include glenohumeral ligaments, glenoid labrum, and capsule. Rotator cuff and scapular stabilizing muscles are the primary dynamic stabilizers of the shoulder. The impingement of rotator cuff tendons usually happens as they pass through the subacromial space formed between the acromion above and the glenohumeral joint below. Abnormalities of the structures around this region that compromise the subacromial space would cause irritation and damage to the tendons.
The acromion may be beaked, curved or hooked in shape due to a congenital abnormality or osteophyte formation. This may irritate the tendon from above due to the close proximity of both structures. Weaknesses of the scapular stabilizing muscles such as serratus anterior and excessive tightness of the pectoralis muscle would cause excessive angulation of the acromion. The acromion would move forward and downward into subacromial space. Muscle imbalance between humeral head elevators (deltoid) and stabilizers (rotator cuff muscles) results in an excessive upward movement of the humeral head. This would further damage the tendons as the humeral head pushes them up against the undersurface of the acromion.
Swimmers and athletes with overhead activities such as throwing and overhead shots in racquet sports are prone to shoulder pain due to repetitive trauma to the rotator cuff. A painful arch of the shoulder while lifting up the arm at the side of the body between 70-degree and 120-degree is commonly seen. Difficulty combing the hair and reaching behind the back are common with impingement syndrome. The front and side of the shoulder may be painful upon palpation.
What are the common types of shoulder pain or injury?
- Frozen Shoulder
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Rotator Cuff Pain
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Sprained shoulder
- Strained shoulder
- Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
What is the best method of treatment for shoulder pain?
Impact of medication and steroid injection on shoulders
When should you go for shoulder surgery?
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