Shoulder impingement is a common cause of pain with overhead exercises. The mechanism of shoulder impingement was thought to be a structural issue between the humerus and the acromion process, but that has recently been challenged. This post will discuss the up-to-date mechanism of shoulder impingement and how it relates to treatment.
Can’t lift your arms up overhead? Must be a mobility issue, right?
Not necessarily. Sometimes a stability issue can limit your shoulder mobility. After all, your brain doesn’t want you to move in positions that it cannot control.
This article will cover how to assess overhead shoulder mobility to determine whether it is a stability or mobility issue limiting the movement. Part 2 of this article will cover some examples of exercises to improve overhead mobility.