Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement

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Shoulder Impingement/ Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Shoulder impingement syndrome and are also commonly referred as subacromial impingement, painful arc syndromesupraspinatus syndrome,swimmer’s shoulder, and thrower’s shoulder.

What causes Shoulder Impingement to happen:

Shoulder Impingement The rotator cuff is a common source of pain in the shoulder. Pain can be the result of:

  • Tendinitis where the rotator cuff tendons can be irritated or damaged.
  • Bursitis where the bursa can become inflamed and swell with more fluid causing pain.
  • Impingement where when you raise your arm to shoulder height, the space between the acromion and rotator cuff narrows. The acromion can rub against (or “impinge” on) the tendon and the bursa, causing irritation and pain.

Who it usually occurs to:

Shoulder impingement problems are commonly found in both young athletes and middle- age people. Athletes like swimmers, baseball, badminton or tennis players who often raise their arms above their head level would have a higher chance of getting this syndrome. In addition, activities such as painting, construction or movers that frequently involve lifting or overhead using the arms are also at risk too.

Minor injuries might overtime leads to the pain. Nonetheless, it could also happen without any trace of injury


Rotator cuff pain commonly causes local swelling and tenderness in the front of the shoulder.  Pain and stiffness may occur when you lift or lower your arm from an elevated level

In the early stage, the symptoms may be mild, and usually patients do not seek treatment at an early stage. These symptoms may include:

  • During activities or rest, you might feel slight pain
  • The pain spreading from the front shoulder to the side of the arm
  • Abrupt pain from lifting and stretching movements
  • Athletes who play overhead sports will experience pain while executing their move

As the problem got worse gradually, the sign of pain increases:

  • Pain might occur during the night
  • Sudden loss of strength and movement
  • Experiencing trouble reaching to the back of your body, such as buttoning or zipping

If there is sudden surge of pain, your shoulder may be badly weakened; it would limit your movement and you may experience pain from shoulder.