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OBJECTIVE: Shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) accounts for 44-65% of total shoulder complaints. Previous research has analyzed the effectiveness of scapular-focused SIS treatment, but little research has been performed evaluating the effectiveness of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) treatment. The aim of this study is to examine the effects of PNF scapular motor control intervention for SIS. METHODS: Patients from the Roseville Medical Center ages 18-64 were randomized to a PNF-treatment or control group to undergo a 4 to 6 week intervention. Prior to each visit, patients completed the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) functional survey and evaluated their pain using the Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS). Control and treatment groups received equivalent treatment with the exception of PNF scapular reeducation with the treatment group. RESULTS: No significant difference in improvement (p < 0.05) between the control and treatment groups was determined. Both groups modeled significant improvement in DASH scores from initial to final session (p= 0.023, x̄ = 9.202, SD= ± 12.113). CONCLUSION: Both groups displayed significant DASH score improvements demonstrating both protocols reduce pain experienced while performing daily activities. Results reveal that PNF and conventional treatment may be sound protocols in the treatment of SIS.

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Associated course: Paper presented at the HAS495 Biokinetics Symposium