Impingement Syndrome

One of the most common physical complaints is shoulder pain. Your shoulder is made up of several joints combined with tendons and muscles that allow a great range of motion in your arm. 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.

Common symptoms may include, minor pain that is present both with activity and at rest, pain radiating from the front of the shoulder to the side of the arm, sudden pain with lifting and reaching movements, athletes in overhead sports may have pain when throwing or serving a tennis ball, pain at night, loss of strength and motion and difficulty doing activities that place the arm behind the back, such as buttoning or zippering.

Common treatment options for impingement syndrome include rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, strengthening exercises and minimally invasive injections.