The major symptoms of impingement syndrome of the shoulder include shoulder pain during sleep when the patient rolls onto the injured arm, when the arm is rotated to reach the back, or when the arm is raised in the air. This injury is caused by a narrowing of the space between the rotator cuff and the acromion, and it impairs the joint movement.
The rotator cuff consists of four muscles— supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis—and includes their musculotendi-nous attachments. They work together to stabilize the glenohumeral joint. The subacromial bursa, the largest and most commonly injured bursa in the shoulder, provides the rotator cuff with lubrication for movement.
Damage and tears of the rotator cuff cause the humeral head to migrate from the normal position during elevation or rotation of the arm, which leads to impingement. Impingement syndrome is usually related to repetitive arm-overhead movements in tennis, swimming, golf, or weightlifting, and to throwing sports such as baseball. Impingement syndrome often becomes chronic.
In addition to conventional therapy, dry needling acupuncture is very helpful in relieving pain. Needles can be applied to all tender or painful areas including the area under the acromion.
Dry needling acupuncture should be offered immediately after surgery. One session every day for swelling and two sessions per week for pain and rehabilitation are recommended.
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