Shoulder Solutions - (For impingement and rotator cuff tendinopathy)

If you have a shoulder problem you will agree that they are a real inconvenience. Even the simplest of tasks such as putting a coat on, reaching up into a cupboard or throwing a ball can cause pain. Left untreated pain caused through shoulder impingement or rotator cuff tendinopathy can often worsen in severity and you may find that you can do less and less with your shoulder.

Pain and inflammation located in the shoulder and upper arm is more often than not linked to a rotator cuff injury or impingement syndrome. Rotator cuff tendinopathy is the term used to describe how the shoulder tendons become inflamed, sometimes torn, thickened and painful. Impingement is the term used to describe how the tendon/bursa become enlarged and impinged in the sub acromial space.

Shoulder Pain

What Causes It

Multi-factorial but often due to overloading/straining the shoulder with repeated tasks and activities. The weakness or imbalance of the muscles around the shoulder blade and rotator cuff also contribute to shoulder impingement and tendinopathy.


Normally takes 3-6 months to resolve but can continue intermittently for many years if not managed correctly.


Treatment is normally carried out over a 4-6 month period and requires approximately 6-12 sessions.

Review / Reassessment

At the end of your treatment we will review your progress and plan the next steps – this may include discharge with ongoing maintenance exercises and advice, continuation with your treatment programme (harder exercises, sport specific input). Treatment intervals at this point normally occur every 2-4 weeks.

Person Receiving Shoulder Massage

Treatment Programme

  • Off load (advice/education)
  • Manage pain – Medication / Ice / Acupuncture / Exercise / manual therapy
  • Taping to off load and facilitate movement patterns
  • Analysis of biomechanics – video analysis
  • Progressive exercise programme to include:
    Focused strengthening and retraining of muscles around the shoulder girdle and the rotator cuff itself
    Proprioceptive drills to improve shoulder and arm co-ordination
    Stretching of tight structures
  • Retraining of movement patterns for sports and activities

Next Steps / Options

Want to know more? Then please download our Information guide “Feeling the Pinch”. The video on this page gives you more information as to what is contained in this guide too.

Important Information

Rehabilitation is not a quick fix and can be longer due to age, length of symptoms, and the extent of degeneration and weakness. It is very important that you attend your treatment sessions as suggested by your therapist and follow through with your re-assessment. The recommendations in this action plan are based on your individual condition and examination results.

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What Our Patients Say

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Mark 41 Langdon Hills, Essex “You isolated the problem to damage in my lower disc... It’s now hugely better and I am back to football”


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