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Keeping Shoulder Pain at Bay


Shoulder impingement syndrome can involve bursitis (inflammation of the shoulder’s bursa), tendinitis (inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons), calcium deposits in the tendons or any combination of the three. People at risk include those who employ repeated overhead movements—tennis players, golfers, swimmers, construction workers and, quite commonly, those who perform do-it-yourself repairs around the home.

Because these people have smaller spaces beneath their acromions (called the subacromial space), nearby tendons have more opportunity to become compressed and painful.
Shoulder impingement can be treated successfully with rest, medication, physical therapy or surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. Anyone who has been treated successfully for shoulder impingement should continue a maintenance routine to maximize the chance that the problem will not return.

Such a program should include:

• range-of-motion exercises
• exercises to keep the muscles of the shoulder strong
• the development and maintenance of shoulder-friendly posture
We can create a program to give you the best chance of maintaining your shoulder pain free. Such a program might include simple flexion and self-capsular stretches with a rod to increase your flexibility. Isotonic or muscle-tightening exercises can be helpful as well; these allow you to build strength in your muscles without moving or stressing the involved shoulder joint. Strengthening exercises using elastic tubing to provide resistance help build the rotator cuff.
Chronic pain from shoulder impingement syndrome can be debilitating.  However, by following a carefully planned exercise regimen, you often can regain your mobility, resume your usual activities and keep pain at bay.

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Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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