Shoulder impingement treatment


Exercises that actually work

We have carried out extensive research into shoulder impingement, the different types and the current recommended best practice.

Best treatment method

The MUJO shoulder impingement treatment plan is designed to detect weaknesses and problems in your shoulder that would otherwise go undetected, and restore a healthy shoulder function. Our treatment plan is individualised to you regardless of the type of impingement you may be suffering from.

Avoid surgery

Our research shows that surgeries to relieve shoulder impingement symptoms are not necessary and are not more beneficial than conservative treatment options. However, physiotherapy is not the best it can be. We have used the recommended protocols and have combined it with our smart technology to ensure you get a personalised treatment plan that works for you and provides immediate benefits.

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Full Treatment Plan and Details

Who is this treatment for?

If any of the following apply to you, then this treatment plan is for you.

Signs and Symptoms

You can potentially suffer from a wide range of signs and symptoms as there are multiple types of shoulder impingement.

Some of the more noticeable symptoms are:

  • Pain[1–3].
  • Weakness[4, 5].
  • Changes in Range of Motion[5].
  • Shoulder fatigue[5–8].

You Tried Conventional Physio, but Are Unhappy with the Results or it did not Work for You

Our research shows that it can be difficult to correctly diagnose the type of shoulder impingement and the underlying cause. Therefore, it is difficult to prescribe optimal conventional physiotherapy individualised to you and thus it is likely you were not given a very well defined exercise program[9]. However, our technology eliminates the need to detect the type of impingement, but can better detect underlying causes, especially if it is rotator cuff related. Therefore, our treatment plan can be better individualised to you and properly target muscles and areas of concern.

Similarly, one of the highly recommended exercises patterns for shoulder impingement syndrome are based on proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)[10]. These are very difficult to perform outside a controlled setting. Therefore, there was no way to ensure you were performing your home exercises correctly. A study by Faber et al.[11] showed that only 24% of subjects who were all student physiotherapists performed exercises correctly. Our Smart devices, ensure you perform your exercises correctly, by guiding the actual motion and timing of each rep.

You Want to Avoid Undergoing Surgery for Shoulder Impingement

The usual step after conventional physiotherapy failure is surgery of some sort. One of the main surgeries for shoulder impingement syndrome is known as subacromial decompression[1]. This involves a permanent change to the tip of your shoulder blade. The underside of the tip is shaved away to make more room inside your joint.

This type of surgery doesn’t always work and patients have reported to continue to suffer from pain or even require further surgery[12, 13]. In addition a review in 2015 showed that surgery is not more beneficial than conservative treatment[14].

We provide an alternative treatment plan that is designed to be far more effective than conventional physiotherapy with the aim to avoid surgery and restore good shoulder health.

You Want to Get Better and Get Better Quickly

You would not be here if you didn’t want this.

Who is this Treatment Not Suitable For?

You Have Not Yet Been Diagnosed to Have Shoulder Impingement

Ideally, you should have been diagnosed with shoulder impingement before you come to us for treatment. However, it is not necessary as our treatment package includes an in-depth assessment of your upper quadrant. This will identify weaknesses and other problems that can be rectified with an individualised treatment plan.

Designed to be Better and Quicker than Conventional Physiotherapy

Best Practice

A multitude of studies have suggested many different types of conservative treatment protocols for shoulder impingement. The most effective protocols include those exercises that are based on PNF, neuromuscular control or motor learning, eccentric loading, stretching and scapulothoracic muscle strengthening[10, 16–20]. Some suggest that neuromuscular control exercises are the best in comparison to the other exercises types[21, 22].

The exercise programs need to be individualised to the patients[23]. Our technology allows for very specific exercise and motion definitions to ensure every exercise prescribed is individualised to you.

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  11. Faber, M., Andersen, M. H., Sevel, C., Thorborg, K., Bandholm, T., & Rathleff, M. (2015). The majority are not performing home-exercises correctly two weeks after their initial instruction—an assessor-blinded study. PeerJ, 3, e1102. doi:10.7717/peerj.1102
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  14. Saltychev, M., Äärimaa, V., Virolainen, P., & Laimi, K. (2015). Conservative treatment or surgery for shoulder impingement: systematic review and meta-analysis. Disability and rehabilitation, 37(1), 1–8. doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.907364
  15. Rockwood Jr., C. A., Matsen III, F. A., Wirth, M. A., & Lippitt, S. B. (2009). The Shoulder (Fourth.). Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
  16. Roy, J.-S., Moffet, H., & McFadyen, B. J. (2010). The effects of unsupervised movement training with visual feedback on upper limb kinematic in persons with shoulder impingement syndrome. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 20(5), 939–946. doi:
  17. Paterson, C., & Sparkes, V. (2006). The effects of a six week scapular muscle exercise programme on the muscle activity of the scapular rotators in tennis players with shoulder impingement—A pilot study. Physical Therapy in Sport, 7(4), 172. doi:
  18. Ortega-Castillo, M., & Medina-Porqueres, I. (2016). Effectiveness of the eccentric exercise therapy in physically active adults with symptomatic shoulder impingement or lateral epicondylar tendinopathy: A systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19(6), 438–453. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2015.06.007
  19. Turgut, E., Duzgun, I., & Baltaci, G. (2017). Stretching Exercises for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: Effects of 6-Week Program on Shoulder Tightness, Pain and Disability Status. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 1–20. doi:10.1123/jsr.2016-0182
  20. Kamkar, A., Irrgang, J. J., & Whitney, S. L. (1993). Nonoperative Management of Secondary Shoulder Impingement Syndrome. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 17(5), 212–224. doi:10.2519/jospt.1993.17.5.212
  21. Cho, C.-H., Kim, D.-H., & Lee, Y.-K. (2016). Serial Comparison of Clinical Outcomes After Arthroscopic Capsular Release for Refractory Frozen Shoulder With and Without Diabetes. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery, 32(8), 1515–1520. doi:10.1016/j.arthro.2016.01.040
  22. Moezy, A., Sepehrifar, S., & Solaymani Dodaran, M. (2014). The effects of scapular stabilization based exercise therapy on pain, posture, flexibility and shoulder mobility in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: a controlled randomized clinical trial. Medical journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 28, 87. Retrieved from
  23. Kromer, T., Bie, R., & Bastiaenen, C. (2013). Physiotherapy in patients with clinical signs of shoulder impingement syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 45(5), 488–497. doi:10.2340/16501977-1142

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