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.
Shoulder pain is a frequent reason why people seek the help of our clinic. Shoulder pain can be caused by many different reasons including shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tears, or tendinitis to name a few. There are a few common exercises that seem to irritate the shoulder such as bench press, push ups, dips, and rows. In this post, we will discuss the reason why some of these exercises irritate the shoulder and modifications that can be done to reduce the pain.
The scapula is an important piece of many shoulder conditions. A common shoulder condition that focuses on the scapula is shoulder impingement, where there is pain with overhead movements. The idea is that the scapula doesn’t rotate upwards enough and the humerus bumps into the acromion. This has led to finding the “ideal” position for the scapula during movements. This blog post will discuss the function of the scapula and its position during movement.
It seems like the list of things that can go wrong with the shoulder joint is never ending: partial rotator cuff tears, full-thickness rotator cuff tears, labral tears, shoulder dislocations, internal/external impingement syndrome, etc… However, not all shoulder pain is caused by dysfunctions within the glenohumeral joint, sometimes the scapula can be the cause. This post will discuss the importance of the scapula on shoulder pain and function.