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10.06.2023

Unconventional Treatment

One of the most common disorders of the shoulder and a cause of shoulder pain is subacromial impingement syndrome. The cause can be narrowing of the subacromial space due to bony growth, rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, bursitis, tissue inflammation, trauma, muscle weakness and muscle imbalances. The types and treatments of impingement syndrome are varied and numerous. 

In athletics we have ‘baseball shoulder’, ‘swimmers shoulder’, problems in volleyball, tennis, issues in gymnastics and shoulder trauma is commonplace in contact sports such as  football and wrestling. There is a tremendous amount of related research and physical therapists, athletic trainers and strength coaches are versed in helping athletes train around the pain and returning their clientele to normal function.

A new study published in BioMed Research International adds a new twist to shoulder rehabilitation that we should be cognizant of, Handgrip Strength Exercises Modulate Shoulder Pain, Function, and Strength of Rotator Cuff Muscles of Patients with Primary Subacromial Impingement Syndrome.

Researchers found, “Patients treated with conventional interventions plus handgrip-strengthening exercises showed the significant improvement over time in shoulder pain and function, strength of rotator cuff muscles, and pain-free range of motion forward flexion, abduction, and external and internal rotation through eight weeks in the experimental group compared to control patient group treated with conventional interventions.”

Shoulder problems will occur, expediting return-to-play by adding hand gripping movements to treatment is an important consideration for all in healthful living, as well as competitive athletics. 

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