Shoulder pain? It could be subacromial impingement.

Shoulder pain

A common cause of shoulder pain we often see and successfully treat at Our Chiro Brisbane is subacromial impingement.

Shoulder pain caused by subacromial impingement occurs in as many as 1 in 5 people.

This type of injury is very common. It affects the rotator cuff, which are the muscles that help you rotate, raise and lower your arm.

How can you identify subacromial impingement?

Common symptoms that patients experience are pain, weakness, as well as reduced movement in the shoulder or limited range of motion, especially when lifting your arm.

What are the common causes?

The common causes are injury or overuse of the shoulder. Your rotator cuff tendons pass through the subacromial space and rub against the acromion, which is a bony process or point on the scapula (aka shoulder blade). Injury or overuse causes the rotator cuff tendons to become irritated and swollen, leading to the above-mentioned symptoms.

The sports that commonly cause a rotator cuff tear or shoulder pain are tennis, swimming or pitching in baseball.

In terms of occupations, we see this type of injury in construction, painting and other jobs that require repetitive moments of the shoulder joint.

Another common cause of subacromial impingent is poor posture. Therefore, sitting at a desk or driving for long periods can also increase your chances of developing these shoulder issues.

How to successfully treat this type of shoulder pain…

At Our Chiro Brisbane we use many different techniques to treat shoulder pain. These techniques include soft tissue work, needling, mobilisation, kinesiology taping, exercises, physical therapy and rehabilitation programs and adjustments.

So if you are suffering from shoulder pain, contact us at the clinic on 07 32570399 and we can help you get out of pain and back to a better you.


  1. NHS Ayrshire & Arran. 2019. Subacromial Impingement Syndrome. [Online] Available here.
  2. Sports-health. 2019. Causes and Risk Factors of Shoulder Impingement. [Online] Available here.

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