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Strengthening Your Handgrip Can Help Relieve Shoulder Pain


Clinical trial shows handgrip exercises can relieve shoulder pain

Do you suffer from shoulder pain? If so, you'll be interested to learn about a new technique to potentially alleviate your symptoms.

A clinical trial has investigated the effects of handgrip strength exercises on patients with primary subacromial impingement syndrome (SAIS) – a condition that causes shoulder pain and limits movement. The clinical trial’s findings offer promising insights into a non-invasive and effective approach to managing shoulder pain.

Shoulder Pain
Shoulder dysfunction is a common complaint of patients visiting physiotherapy clinics, with 20–30% of the general population having been diagnosed with shoulder pain. Shoulder pain is the 3rd most prevalent musculoskeletal pain after spinal and knee pain. SAIS is estimated to be present in 44-70% of people with shoulder pain.

Subacromial Impingement Syndrome (SAIS)
Before we delve into the study, let's grasp the basics of subacromial impingement syndrome. It is a common condition that occurs when the rotator cuff muscles in your shoulder become irritated and inflamed. This can lead to pain, reduced range of motion, and weakness in the affected shoulder. Everyday activities like reaching, lifting, and throwing can become challenging and painful for individuals with this syndrome.
Exercise and physiotherapy aimed at strengthening the rotator cuff muscles are traditionally implied as the most effective management options for SAIS, however, hand-grip exercises have also been hypothesized to improve functional outcomes.
Clinical Trial
The main aim of the clinical trial was to explore whether handgrip strength exercises could improve shoulder pain, function, and strength in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome. Handgrip exercises involved squeezing a handgrip device to build strength in the forearm, hand, and fingers.
The researchers selected a group of 40 patients diagnosed with subacromial impingement syndrome and divided them into two groups: a control group and an intervention group. The control group received standard treatments, such as physical therapy, while the intervention group participated in handgrip strength exercises in addition to standard treatments. The researchers then assessed the participants' shoulder pain, function, range of motion, and strength before and after the intervention.

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The results of the clinical trial were remarkable. The group that performed handgrip strength exercises showed significant improvements in shoulder pain, function, and strength compared to the control group. These exercises helped reduce pain levels, increase shoulder movement, and enhance the strength of the rotator cuff muscles. The findings suggest that handgrip exercises can be a valuable addition to the standard treatment for subacromial impingement syndrome.

Implications and Benefits
The implications of this research are significant for individuals suffering from shoulder pain caused by subacromial impingement syndrome. By incorporating handgrip strength exercises into their treatment routine, patients can experience reduced pain, improved shoulder function, and increased strength.

In conclusion, the clinical trial sheds light on the positive effects of handgrip strength exercises for patients with subacromial impingement syndrome. By regularly performing these exercises, individuals can alleviate shoulder pain, enhance shoulder function, and strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. If you're dealing with shoulder pain caused by this condition, consider incorporating handgrip exercises into your treatment plan after consulting with a healthcare professional.
Hindwai BioMed Research International, Aug-30-22
ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03468088

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