Shoulder impingement is a common cause of shoulder pain in overhand athletes, bakers, auto mechanics/technicians, and many others whose work has them raising their arms above shoulder level. While this isn’t the only cause of shoulder pain or weakness, it is one of the most common.
To better understand how shoulder impingement occurs we have to look at the biomechanics of the anatomy involved. The majors players in this condition are the scapula (shoulder-blade), the clavicle (collar bone), the head of the humerus (the upper arm bone), and the supraspinatus muscle/tendon. Normally the supraspinatus originates on the above the spine of scapula passes under the clavicle and inserts on the front of the humerus. The supraspinatus is involved in the beginning of shoulder abduction (raising the arms out to the side) and external rotation of the humeral head. What happens during shoulder impingement is that the supraspinatus gets pinched between the head of the humerus and the clavicle. What starts to happen to the tendon that attaches from the supraspinatus muscle into the humerus gets frayed, much like a rope being rubbed across a sharp rock.
If caught early enough and proper treatment administered, surgery can usually be avoided. To most efficiently resolve the problem, treatment for a supraspinatus impingement requires a multifaceted approach including D.N.F.T.® chiropractic care to restore neurological signalling of the body structures in the shoulder joint, rehabilitative exercises to stabilize the shoulder and improve posture, as well as education on ergonomics to help the patient learn better ways to perform their work with decreased pain and danger to their supraspinatus tendon.
All of these services are offered at White Feather Chiropractic in Franklin, TN. Call (615)415-0125 to schedule an appointment and get your shoulder checked out.