Clicking shoulder is a common complaint with swimmers where the shoulder ‘clicks’ with movement or with load/strain. Clicking shoulders is also common in individuals who engage in activities or sports with lots of overhead arm motion eg:
Clicking shoulder condition is often is misdiagnosed/mistaken as
But this is just half the story - impingement is a symptom, like inflammation is a symptom.
They're more often than not, NOT causes that led to the inflammation in the first place. You see, rotator-cuff injuries and inflammation can be caused by direct damage or disease in the shoulder such as:
More often than not, inflammation in our rotator cuff is first caused by shoulder joint instability ie -
An experienced sports doctor/physician or senior sports physiotherapist will be able to perform a battery of assessments and tests to confirm which diagnosis best describes your specific shoulder problem.
If the patient/individual needs to work or athletes has to compete or has an upcoming competition, then what we will recommend and focus on for the short term includes physiotherapy interventions such as
For the medium to long-term, we senior physiotherapists will need to correct the issue of shoulder instability by improving the muscular control of the joint and overall body stability.
Muscular control for stability includes and involves BOTH muscle activation as well as strength.
It is vitally important that our muscle can activate at the right timing/time - a strong muscle that does not activate during the right time/timing...unfortunately is not much better than a weak muscle.
training work will focus on increasing direct control of key stability muscles, which are: