Q: Can physical therapy improve my shoulder impingement?

A: Shoulder impingement syndrome is caused by 3 variables:

  1. Bony deformation (bone spurs)
  2. A weak rotator cuff musculature
  3. Scapular muscle imbalance.

Your 4 rotator cuff muscles help keep the ball of your humerus centered in the socket of your shoulder blade. If they become weak, the ball can “impinge” up onto the top muscle. Muscles in your back help create space in your shoulder as well and if they become imbalanced, this can also result in shoulder impingement. Physical therapy can help restore muscle balance and normal anatomic positions to decrease shoulder impingement. For more information or to make an appointment, call STARS at 367-3315.