Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (SIS) occurs when the shoulder becomes inflamed and hurts whenever you move your arm above your shoulder. The shoulder is also weakened by the pan, and you are unable to do tasks that require stability from the shoulder. SIS is caused by faulty mechanics of the muscles and tendons at the shoulder, and also from overuse. Consider that a patient has a strong and overactive trapezius muscle, and weak rotator cuff and scapular stabilizing muscles, the resultant movement will not be normal and this will lead to impingement.
People who suffer from this condition adopt what is known as the upper-crossed syndrome, where the shoulders are rounded, slouch forward, and the head tends to tilt forward too. The thickening of the rotator cuff, and the decline of the muscles between the collar bone and the shoulder blade makes the problem even worse.
What first happens is the shoulder suffers from the initial injury, and this causes the swelling of the tendons mentioned, and they become pinched by the bursa that they pass through. This pinching causes further swelling and inflammation; this is what causes the impingement syndrome.
Enter The Chiropractor to heal the Impingement
There are several methods that the chiropractor can use to treat this syndrome, and the choice will depend on the results of the initial investigation; MRI and X-ray images are necessary to see whether the patient has primary or secondary shoulder impingement. The activator method is usually the best for treating SIS. This covers a broad area around the shoulder to encourage natural movement. Adjunctive therapy should be included in order to reduce muscle spasms. There is a low-cost, low-technology method, called the Theraciser Rehabilitation System, which exercises the whole shoulder joint. Apart from these exercises, the chiropractor will advise the patient on what type of food he or she should take, so as to strengthen the tissues of the inflamed muscles. Icing the shoulder helps in bringing down the pain and inflammation.
Management of SIS after Initial Treatment
It is important that the patient go for more sessions, in order to completely heal the condition and make sure that there is no relapse. Chiropractic adjustments of the bones of the upper shoulder are necessary, so that the movement of the muscles becomes more normal. Remember that abnormal shoulder mechanics are the ones that bring about this problem, so they must be addressed sufficiently. Continued MyoFascial Release therapy will help in treating the muscular dysfunction in the shoulder. There should also be rehabilitation exercises which will help in stretching and strengthening the muscles of the shoulder. Friction is also used to heal cycles that occur inside the tendons.
The treatment of Shoulder Impingement syndrome is involving, considering that the muscles involved are some of the most powerful in the human body. Their dysfunction great hampers the normal life of the patient. The weakness associated with the condition, can make a patient seem like an invalid, who cannot lift the lightest of weights, due to the pain and discomfort.
Dr. Hamilton D.C. is an experienced chiropractor, in Aurora, CO. You do not have to suffer in silence, especially when Shoulder Impingement is adversely affecting your life. Make an appointment with and see how you can get the pain out of your arm and get back to enjoying your life. To get to the clinic, we are located just of I-225 in Aurora on Elliff. Call for your appointment today.