Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: The effect of changing posture on shoulder range of movement

JS Lewis, Christine Wright, A Green

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STUDY DESIGN: Random allocation of subjects into a placebo-controlled, crossover study. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of changing thoracic and scapular posture on shoulder flexion and scapular plane abduction range of motion in asymptomatic subjects, and in subjects with subacromial impingement syndrome. BACKGROUND: Changes in upper body posture and concomitant imbalance of the muscle system have been proposed as one of the etiological mechanisms leading to subacromial impingement syndrome. Although clinicians commonly assess posture and devise rehabilitation programs to correct posture, there is little evidence to support this practice. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Selected postural, range of movement, and pain measurements were investigated in 60 asymptomatic subjects and 60 subjects with subacromial impingement syndrome, prior to and following thoracic and scapular taping intended to change their posture. RESULTS: Changing posture had an effect on all components of posture measured (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-87
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2005


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