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Subacromial Pain Syndrome


Non-traumatic, one-sided shoulder pain at or around the acromion (bony bump on top of shoulder) that is often worst during or after lifting your arm.

Treatments Options:

  • Rotator cuff and scapular muscle strengthening
  • Stretching
  • Posture corrections
  • Movement re-education, especially with overhead reaching
  • Manual trigger point release or trigger point dry needling
  • Heat, ice, low level laser, and NSAIDs for pain-relief

Diercks, Ron et al. “Guideline for Diagnosis and Treatment of Subacromial Pain Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Review by the Dutch Orthopaedic Association.” Acta Orthopaedica 85.3 (2014): 314–322. PMC. Web. 8 Sept. 2018

José L Arias-Buría, Carlos Martín-Saborido, Joshua Cleland, Shane L Koppenhaver, Gustavo Plaza-Manzano, César Fernández-de-las-Peñas; Cost-effectiveness Evaluation of the Inclusion of Dry Needling into an Exercise Program for Subacromial Pain Syndrome: Evidence from a Randomized Clinical Trial, Pain Medicine, , pny021,

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