What is it?

Shoulder impingement is a very common cause of shoulder pain, resulting from rubbing or catching nearby tissues and bones as you lift your arm.

Basically, it affects the rotator cuff tendon, which connects the muscles around your shoulder joint to the top of your arm.

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Signs & symptoms

The onset of shoulder impingement can be sudden or gradual.

There are several symptoms associated with this condition:

Upper and outer shoulder pain

Lifting your arm, especially above your head, causes more pain

Sleep can be affected by pain or aching at night



In order to determine if movement worsens the pain, the doctor examines your shoulder and asks you to move your arm differently.

You may be given treatment advice by your doctor or referred to a physiotherapist. No scans will be required at the hospital.


Shoulder exercises

It is possible to relieve shoulder pain with steroid injections if rest and exercise fail to do so.

If other treatments have not worked, a subacromial decompression may be an option

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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