The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles that originate from the shoulder blade and attach to the upper part of the arm. Collectively, their function is to provide stability to the arm during shoulder motion. Individually, each of the muscle function to rotate the arm.
In addition to the muscular component, there are small fluid filled sacks of tissue called bursa that are found in the shoulder region. The bursa are responsible for reducing friction between muscle tendons and bone.
Both the bursa and rotator cuff are susceptible to irritation, resulting in a condition called impingement syndrome. Impingement syndrome will not only produce localized shoulder pain, but can produce pain in the upper back and neck as well.
When prescribing exercises for shoulder pain or neck pain, the rotator cuff is an important muscle group to address. In addition, activities to reduce irritation of the bursa are also prescribed.
In this video, we discuss the various structures involved in impinement syndrome and how to best treat them. Shoulder pain relief can be achieved if the underlying problem is addressed.
if you’ve been diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome, there are specific treatments for your shoulder or neck pain that can be quite helpful.
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