Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement is a condition that is characterized by pain in the top, front, side, or back of the shoulder that is worse with reaching overhead. The pain is due to the irritation or pinching of the biceps or rotator cuff muscle tendons as they pass between the coracoacromial arch and the greater tuberosity of the humerus. Most people complain of chronic, recurring toothache dull pain that is with overhead activities (sports, work, sleeping with arm above head).

Shoulder impingement pain is generally caused by a lack of control of the scapula or shoulder blade. Generally, the muscles of the neck and upper shoulder are much tighter/stronger than the muscles of the lower and middle back. Most people carry stress in their upper back and have excessive muscle tightness due to poor posture. This imbalance leads to improper movement of the shoulder and frequent impingement and irritation. People who perform repetitive over head movements such as athletes (swimmers, throwers, volleyball or tennis) or people with occupational repetitive movements (hammering, lifting above the head, etc) often have repetitive cycles of inflammation of the tendons.

At Boulder Sports Chiropractic, Our Chiropractors will help relieve shoulder impingement pain with extensive muscle work (Active Release Technique, Graston technique), electrotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, kinesio or rock tape, and physical therapy.


If you think you have been suffering with shoulder impingement pain, call us to schedule an appointment to see how we can get you pain relief.