When testing for a shoulder dyskinesia it is helpful to have a physical therapist, chiropractor of medical doctor check to see if one shoulder moves differently than the other. There are more tests that can be done to determine where the problem is coming from. Is it a spinal problem or is the ball and socket of the glenohumeral joint affected?
A common condition with a shoulder dyskinesia is an impingement syndrome or pain when you raise your arm. Pain is worse in the mid part of your shoulder motion around shoulder height. Pain can be increased when pulling your arm across your chest.
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Over time, a shoulder dyskinesia will start to irritate or ‘pinch’ your rotator cuff. This creates inflammation and swelling and can weaken your rotator cuff causing repetitive injury. It is characterized by pain in the mid part of shoulder motion. Sometimes this is bad enough that a steroid injection is necessary to reduce swelling and pain to allow for a treatment program to be effective. When you have an impingement syndrome exercises are the last thing you should try.
Is your rotator cuff torn?
Clinical testing can help us determine what structures are involved, painful and inflamed, and even injured or torn. A diagnostic ultrasound of the shoulder is incredibly accurate when assessing the rotator cuff and can give further information on how the shoulder moves.
Diagnostic Ultrasound is like getting an MRI of the shoulder!
You can see the tendons and joints.
Diagnostic ultrasound will show if there is a torn rotator cuff as well as arthritic changes, swelling to the tissue, and even if the shoulder is moving normally. It is fast, safe, and gives you and your doctor a better understanding of what is wrong and what next steps need to be taken.