Subacromial pain syndrome - SAPS

The symptoms occur when lifting or turning the arm inwards/outwards and when lying on the shoulder. A subacromial pain syndrome can last up to six months. Physiotherapy can reduce the symptoms by means of specific advice and physical treatment.


The exact cause of a subacromial pain syndrome is unknown. Often the complaints are caused by irritation of the tendons or the bursa in the shoulder. The cause of the pain can come from different structures that are located in the subacromial space (space between the shoulder blade and the shoulder head).


In a subacromial pain syndrome, there is often 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 inwards or outwards and lying on the affected shoulder. The symptoms are very similar to a rotator cuff tear.


The symptoms usually occur gradually without any clearly identifiable cause. The symptoms increase over time and can lead to limitations in carrying out daily activities. It can take up to six months until the symptoms have completely disappeared. Physiotherapy can ensure that your recovery is as fast as possible. This is often done over a period of six to twelve weeks.


The therapists of Fysiofitaal Tilburg can diagnose subacromial pain syndrome for you. They do this on the basis of an interview (anamnesis) and extensive physical examination. In addition to the general physical examination the therapist will carry out a number of specific tests which will show whether or not there is a subacromial pain syndrome.


At Fysiofitaal Tilburg a subacromial pain syndrome is treated with the aim of reducing pain and improving both mobility and muscle strength in the shoulder region. The therapy consists of personal advice, exercise therapy and, if necessary, mobilization or manual therapy. It is important that, in addition to the visits to your therapist, you do homework exercises.

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