Shoulder impingement, otherwise known as swimmer’s shoulder, is shoulder pain caused by connective tissue rubbing against the shoulder blade. This can occur from repetitive overhead activity, trauma, previous injury, poor posture, or inactivity. When a person has shoulder impingement, they will experience consistent pain that increases with lifting or reaching. If this leads to a torn rotator cuff, it may need to be treated with surgery; often times, however, it can be treated with shoulder impingement physical therapy. If you attend shoulder impingement physical therapy, these are some of the exercises that you can expect to do.
Sit or stand straight up and pinch your shoulder blades together as if you were crushing something between them. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
Stand in your doorway and hold onto the doorframe just below shoulder height. Turn your body away from your arm until you can feel a stretch in your chest. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 5 times.
Place your hand on your lower back and use your other hand to pull your elbow forwards while keeping your hand on your lower back. Hold this position for 20 seconds and repeat 5 times.
Front Shoulder Stretch
For this stretch, grab something above you such as a doorframe or something similar. Next, move forward while leaving your arm behind to stretch the front of your shoulder and chest muscles. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 3 times.
These are some of the stretches that our physical therapists in New Canaan, CT may suggest during shoulder impingement physical therapy. It’s important to carefully follow the instructions of our physical therapists in New Canaan, CT during shoulder impingement physical therapy; if you don’t, it could cause more injury. If you need shoulder impingement physical therapy, we will make a customized recovery plan for you.