Some of your favorite summertime activities might be contributing to your shoulder pain, such as fly fishing, golf, throwing, painting, and tree trimming. A common form of shoulder pain is impingement syndrome which could cause tendonitis of rotator cuff muscle tendons and/or bursitis. In addition, some common strengthening exercises can also put your shoulders at additional risk of impingement. These exercises include bench press, overhead military press and triceps dips.
Impingement syndrome causes generalized shoulder aches in the early stages. It also causes pain when raising the arm out to the side or in front of the body. Most patients will also complain that the pain makes it difficult for them to sleep, especially when they roll onto the affected shoulder.
A reliable sign of impingement syndrome is a sharp pain when you try to reach into your back pocket or across your body. As the condition worsens, the discomfort increases and it becomes more difficult to move the arm. Sometimes pain on the outside of your arm or a catching/clicking sensation is felt when using your arm.
Physical therapy can be very helpful in alleviating shoulder impingement pain. Your physical therapist will use various treatments to calm inflammation, stretching to help restore full shoulder range of motion and exercises to improve strength and coordination in the rotator cuff and shoulder blade muscles.
Contact Peak Performance Physical Therapy and let one of our skilled physical therapists help you enjoy your summer plans!