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Shoulder | Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is a common and often severe condition that makes simple tasks difficult. It can result from overuse, repetitive motion, or sports injuries, causing persistent pain, weakness, and limited shoulder motion.

At Physio Active, we understand the physical and emotional toll that shoulder impingement can take on your life. Our dedicated team of physiotherapists is committed to helping you find relief, regain full shoulder function, and return to your daily activities.


Unraveling the complexity of shoulder impingement

Shoulder impingement occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff and the subacromial bursa become pinched or compressed within the shoulder joint. This compression leads to inflammation, pain, and restricted mobility. The causes of shoulder impingement can be diverse and may include:

Repetitive overhead movements: Occupations or activities that involve frequent overhead arm movements, such as painting, swimming, or tennis, can contribute to the development of impingement.

Muscle imbalances: Weakness or imbalances in the muscles surrounding the shoulder can alter joint mechanics, increasing the risk of impingement.

Bone spurs: The formation of bony growths on the acromion (the top of the shoulder blade) can narrow the space within the shoulder joint, causing impingement.

Trauma or injury: Sudden injuries or traumas, such as falls or accidents, can lead to shoulder impingement.


The Physio Active approach to shoulder impingement treatment

Our approach to shoulder impingement treatment is grounded in a deep understanding of the condition’s complexities. We focus on not only pain relief but also on addressing the underlying causes and restoring full shoulder function.


Comprehensive assessment

Your journey to a pain-free and fully functional shoulder begins with a thorough assessment conducted by our experienced physiotherapists. We will delve into your medical history, and perform a detailed physical examination which includes imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans. This helps diagnose the extent of your shoulder impingement. This assessment forms the foundation for your personalized treatment plan.


Pain management

For individuals experiencing acute pain, our initial focus is on pain management. We employ a combination of modalities, including ice and heat therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Our primary aim is to enhance your comfort and mobility.


Physiotherapy and exercise

Physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in the treatment of shoulder impingement at Physio Active. Our expert physiotherapists will design a tailored exercise program customized to your specific needs. This program may include:

Stretching exercises: These exercises are designed to improve flexibility and enhance your range of motion.

Strength training: Targeted exercises are aimed at strengthening the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint, providing support and stability.

Postural training: Correcting poor posture habits is essential to prevent recurrence and promote proper spinal alignment.

Manual therapy: Hands-on techniques, including massage and joint mobilization are utilized to reduce pain and enhance overall shoulder function.



Understanding your condition and learning how to manage it is crucial for long-term relief. We provide education on proper shoulder mechanics, posture, ergonomics, and exercises that you can perform at home. This knowledge empowers you to maintain a healthy shoulder and reduces the risk of future impingement.


Lifestyle modification

In many instances, lifestyle factors contribute to shoulder impingement. Our team collaborates with you to make necessary adjustments to your daily routine. This includes guidance on ergonomics at work and home, nutritional recommendations, and stress management techniques.



Our ultimate goal is not only to alleviate your current pain but also to empower you with the knowledge and tools to prevent future episodes of shoulder impingement. We guide you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and strategies to protect your shoulder joint, ensuring long-term shoulder health.


Reclaim your shoulder health

Don’t allow shoulder impingement to limit your activities or cause you pain any longer. With the right treatment and guidance, you can find relief, regain full shoulder function, and enjoy an active life. At Physio Active, we are committed to assisting you on your journey to a healthier, pain-free shoulder.


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