Giving Shoulder Impingement Up for Lent

February 22, 2015


By Rian Castillo (originally posted to Flickr as king bacchus) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Drew Brees as King Bacchus- He knows a thing or two about shoulder rehab. By Rian Castillo (originally posted to Flickr as king bacchus) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The denial is over and the hangover is real. The overindulgences of Mardi Gras can be felt for most of us in our waistline, which causes many to make the painful forty-day commitment to spurn all things fried or sweet. But some of us may have come out of the carnival season with not just a painful fullness in the gut, but a real pain in the shoulder and this is no joke. If you felt a pain when reaching up to throw or catch a bead, you may have a condition called shoulder impingement.

Shoulder impingement results when the rotator cuff muscles and fibrous capsule of the shoulder joint get pinched around the shoulder joint. Symptoms include difficulty reaching above shoulder height and pain felt on the outside of the shoulder.  Over time, shoulder impingement can lead to rotator cuff tears. Many times shoulder impingement is due to joint stiffness, muscle imbalances, and weakness, all of which can be addressed in physical therapy.

If this sounds like you, challenge yourself this lent to give up the time it takes to exercise for your shoulder’s health.   A physical therapist can design a program that addresses your specific needs so that your shoulder is ready to hold an umbrella for Jazz Fest.  I promise it’s not as painful as giving up fried or sweet foods.



Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Specialist at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

My name is Monique Serpas, PT, DPT, OCS. I am a physical therapist and board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist practicing at the Southeast Louisiana Healthcare System in New Orleans, LA. I realize how difficult it can be to overcome an injury or manage a chronic condition and am focused on helping my clients achieve wellness through a physically active lifestyle. I treat orthopaedic, balance, and vestibular disorders and practice using a combination of hands-on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and education. This enables my patients to assist in their own recovery and injury prevention. I also have developed fall prevention and golf-related rehab programs in the past. I hold a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin (2008) and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University (2004). I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Louisiana Physical Therapy Association (LPTA), and the Orthopaedic and Neurology sections of the APTA.

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