Complaints occur when lifting or turning the arm inward/outward and lying on the shoulder. A subacromial pain syndrome can last up to six months. Physical therapy can reduce symptoms through targeted advice physical treatment.


The exact cause of subacromial pain syndrome is unknown. Often the symptoms are caused by irritation to the tendons or bursa in the shoulder. The cause of pain can come from various structures located in the subacromial space (space between the shoulder roof and shoulder head).


Subacromial pain syndrome often involves pain on the outside of the shoulder that can radiate to the upper arm or neck. The symptoms can occur, for example, when lifting the arm, turning the arm inward/outward and lying on the affected shoulder. The symptoms are very similar to a rotator cuff rupture.


Usually the symptoms occur gradually without a clearly identifiable cause. The symptoms increase over time and can lead to limitations in performing daily actions/activities. It can take up to six months for the symptoms to disappear completely. Physical therapy can help ensure that your recovery is as rapid as possible. It is often done over a period of six to 12 weeks.


The therapists at Fysiofitaal Tilburg can diagnose your subacromial pain syndrome. They do this on the basis of an interview (anamnesis) and extensive physical examination. In addition to the general physical examination, the therapist performs a number of specific tests to determine whether a subacromial pain syndrome is actually present.


At Fysiofitaal Tilburg, subacromial pain syndrome is treated with the goal of reducing pain symptoms and improving both mobility and muscle strength in the shoulder region. The therapy consists of personalized advice, exercise therapy and, where necessary, mobilizations or manual therapy. It is important that you work on your own with homework exercises in addition to visits to your therapist.

Do you suffer from shoulder problems that you just can't get rid of? Make an appointment now with one of our physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal.

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