Subacromial shoulder pain is a common injury characterised by discomfort and limited range of motion in the shoulder. This injury is seen frequently in swimmers, cricket bowlers, rock-climbers and surfers, just to name a few. Understanding its causes, recognizing the symptoms, and implementing appropriate management strategies are crucial for alleviating pain and improving overall well-being.
Subacromial shoulder pain can be caused by multiple factors. 2 include: direct trauma to the shoulder or an increase in load put on the shoulder.
Symptoms of subacromial shoulder pain include persistent or intermittent pain in the shoulder area, particularly when performing overhead activities or lifting objects. The pain may radiate down the arm and limit shoulder mobility. A thorough physical examination, medical history review, and diagnostic imaging may be necessary for an accurate diagnosis.
Evidence based management strategies include Physical Therapy. This would involve a progressive strengthening and mobility exercise plan to improve shoulder function and reduce pain.