Swimmers shoulder is an umbrella term for subacromial impingement syndrome or tendinitis of the rotator cuff and bicep muscles. The movement of abduction of the shoulder leads to a chronic irritation upon the humeral head and rotator cuff muscles on the coracoacromial arch. Generally swimmers shoulder is caused by overuse of the shoulder joint and the muscles surrounding it and produces pain that’s often localised, however can spread up to the neck or down to the forearm.
Symptoms of swimmers shoulder include:
Diagnosis of swimmers shoulder can be in the form of x-rays and other imaging techniques to assess the changes in the alignment of the shoulder joint. Doctors may assess the condition through a physical examination of the shoulder joints ranges of motion by attempting different arm movements, looking for any abnormalities in particular a “lazy arm” where the elbow can’t be lifted. It could also be through a range of orthopaedic tests, for example; if a subacromial impingement has occurred the following tests can be used:
Treatment for swimmers shoulder can be in the form of conservative care including rest, ice, heat, strapping and bracing as well as taking anti-inflammatory medications, exercise modification, dry needling, stretching and surgical repair in severe cases. Management of shoulder pain can also be in the form of Chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic treatment may consist of:
Treatment of swimmers shoulder via chiropractic treatment generally lasts approximately 20 minutes in duration with the appointments consisting of either/all of the different therapies as mentioned above. Sessions of 2-3x per week are recommended to gain the maximum advantage from the treatment and the amount of sessions needed depend on the severity of the injury. They could range from 5-15 sessions depending on the amount of area that’s affected.
Swimmers shoulder is a common condition in athletes who are constantly and repetitively using the same joint over and over again when completing the same tasks day in day out. It is very common in Olympic swimmers as the joints activated throughout most days, however can be treated generally very quick. At Lakeside Chiropractic our trained staff have expertise in managing shoulder pain and returning their patients back to normal functioning in the shortest time possible.
Lakeside Chiropractic is located a five minute walk from the Joondalup shopping centre on 3/45 Central Walk and has visitors from all over the Perth region, in particular northern suburbs. We have HICAPS in our clinic which caters for the majority of health funds including, HBF, NIB, AHM, HIF and are a BUPA and Medibank preferred providers. If you would like to discuss your condition or book in an appointment by talking to our very friendly receptionists, fell free to contact us on 93000095 or visit our website at www.lakesidechiro.com.au and book via our ‘book now’ tab.