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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (SIS)

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is a diagnosis given to describe injuries due to structures being trapped between the greater tuberosity of the head of humerus and the acromion.

Very commonly seen in individuals who participate in sports that require repetitive overhead activities, such as #badminton, #volleyball, #swimming and #handball .

The incidence of shoulder impingement syndrome rises with age, with peak incidence occurring in the sixth decade of life.

The condition usually present as shoulder pain/weakness and/or stiffness upon lifting the arm, pain with lying on the affected side, sometimes worse at night.

Treatment for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is usually a combination of conservative therapy (chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy) and rehabilitative exercise. Surgical intervention can be considered if indicated by underlying anatomy, pathology, or failure of response to other treatment after 3 to 6 months.

If you struggle with shoulder pain, please consider seeking proper assessment/treatment from a qualified healthcare professional. At Touch Health chiropractic and physical therapy, we are able to provide a proper assessment to your injury and recommend customized treatment to help manage your recovery.

Contact us if you would like to know more about how you could better manage or prevent injuries whilst playing the sport you love!


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