Historically, shoulder 'impingement' pain has been treated by surgery. However, extensive research has shown that shoulder surgery may not result in improved outcomes over rehabilitation alone. Shoulder impingement syndrome, now called rotator cuff related shoulder pain or subacromial pain syndrome is largely recognised by contemporary literature to be related to dysfunction of the rotator cuff muscles and tendons.
Shoulders are required to do a lot of work, in a large range of positions and varying loads - whether it is work, home or sport. The shoulder joint itself is largely reliant on the muscles surrounding it -the rotator cuff and the shoulder blade stabilisers - to achieve the stability and strength for function. It makes sense that the muscles need to be appropriately balanced and conditioned to be able to do everything that you want to do.
Everyone’s shoulder pain is individual and requires an individual approach. Research supports a progressive, targeted strengthening program. Too many people with shoulder pain have not achieved successful results despite performing “rehabilitation exercises” due to the lack of specific training of their shoulder back to full function for their individual lifestyle demands - work or play.
A customised rehabilitation program can result in excellent improvements in pain and get you back in to work and play. We have a rehabilitation gym and can perform video analysis of your shoulder function, set up your program under supervision and develop a rehabilitation plan to do at home or at the gym.