Supraspinatus Tendinitis (Pain Arc Syndrome)
Supraspinatus Tendinitis occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscle become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space, the passage beneath the acromion.
What are the causes of Supraspinatus Tendinitis?
- Inflammation of the tendon of supraspinatus
- muscle imbalance
- Repeated stressful overhead motions
- increased subacromial loading
- rotator cuff overload
- over stress of tendon due to muscle weakness, tight muscle, tight capsule or bony impingement
- poor posture and body mechanic
What are the sign & symptoms of Supraspinatus Tendinitis?
- Loss of movement of the shoulder
- Weakness in the shoulder and arm
- Tenderness and swelling in the upper front part of the shoulder
- Pain/ limited of range of motion
Physiotherapy treatments for Supraspinatus Tendinitis
At Physioclinic, our Physiotherapist will perform a thorough subjective and objective assessment and will develop a management plan for your shoulder pain.
- Pain relief modalities: Ice therapy, electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound to reduce pain and inflammation of the anterior part of the shoulder surrounding muscles
- Exercises: Strengthening exercises such as Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) to increase stability of the shoulder and strength for rotator cuff muscles, stretching and increasing rom exercises on the posterior joint capsule. Improve scapular control and stabilisers.
- Manual therapy which includes joint mobilization and deep tissue massage to improve normal range of motion and decrease pain at the scapular and glenohumeral joint.