Progressive resistance training in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: A randomized controlled trial

The purpose of this study was to assess pain, function, quality of life, and muscle strength in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome who participated in muscle strengthening exercises.  60 patients with shoulder impingement syndrome were evaluated regarding pain, function, quality of life, muscle strength, and the number of antiinflammatory drugs and analgesics taken. Patients then participated in the progressive resistance training program for the musculature of the shoulder, which was held twice a week for 2 months, while the control group remained on a waiting list.  Patients from the experimental group showed improvements regarding pain and function. There was a statistically significant difference in improvement in pain and function between patients in the experimental group and those in the control group.

Progressive resistance training program for the musculature of the shoulder in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome is effective in reducing pain and improving function and quality of life.

Arthritis Care & Research, 2008, 59(5), 615-22

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