What is the efficacy of exercise interventions for treatment of the acute phase of shoulder impingement syndrome?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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A systematic review and meta-analysis by Steuri et al found that although the quality of evidence was low, exercise interventions should be considered for all patients with shoulder impingement symptom. [4]

A study of 97 patients on the waiting list for subacromial decompression reported that an exercise program that included eccentric exercises for the rotator cuff and a combination of concentric and eccentric exercises for scapula stabilizers, lowered surgical rate and resulted in decreased symptoms. These results were also maintained on 1 year follow-up. [5]


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