How physical therapists in Saint Charles, MO, can treat shoulder impingement

Shoulder Impingement Treatment

If you have dull, consistent pain in your shoulder that is worse when you raise your arm over or behind your head, you may have shoulder impingement. This is a condition that occurs due to repetitive use of the shoulder in activities like swimming, throwing a baseball or lifting objects overhead onto shelves. 

Shoulder impingement can make it difficult for you to use your arm for daily activities and can keep you from participating in sports. Fortunately, physical therapists can help you recover from shoulder impingement so you can regain the use of your arm. 

Treating shoulder impingement with physical therapy

Treating shoulder impingement with physical therapy can reduce your need for pain medication. It can also prevent the need for surgery in cases where shoulder impingement grows worse without treatment.

Physical therapists have many methods for treating shoulder impingement. At Excel Sports and Physical Therapy in Saint Charles, Missouri, we customize our shoulder impingement treatments to the needs of each patient. Usually, our shoulder impingement treatments will include:

  • Stretches and exercises — Stretches and exercises can improve the strength and flexibility of your shoulder. This helps provide support for the shoulder to reduce pressure off the injury, which reduces pain and helps improve the speed and quality of your recovery.
  • Manual therapy — Physical therapists may use hands-on manual therapy techniques like joint mobilization and soft tissue mobilization. These treatments help you regain your range of motion and can soothe some of your pain.
  • Posture education — Poor posture can contribute to the development of shoulder impingement. Sitting with your shoulders hunched over puts strain on the tendons at the front of your shoulder. This strain can become more apparent during physical activities involving the shoulder, which can cause shoulder impingement.
  • Functional training — Physical therapists use functional training to show you how to correctly use your shoulder in specific applications such as lifting or throwing objects. 

Visit Excel Sports and Physical Therapy in Saint Charles, MO, for shoulder pain treatment

Shoulder impingement can keep you from enjoying many of your favorite activities. Our team at Excel Sports and Physical Therapy in Saint Charles doesn’t want you to miss out on what you love. Contact us today for more information about shoulder pain treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.