Shoulder Impingement

What is shoulder impingement?

Your rotator cuff tendons and bursa reside in the narrow space between your upper arm bone and the bottom of your shoulder. In an unhealthy shoulder, motion and compression can cause irritation — including pain and inflammation.

Typical symptoms of shoulder impingement include:

  • Pain along the front and outside of the shoulder
  • Pain related to certain activities and postures
  • Weakness related to certain movements and activities
  • Painful clicking and/or popping
  • Pain at night

Treatments for shoulder impingement:

Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections are the most common treatments. Arthroscopic surgery may be necessary to relieve the symptoms of shoulder impingement for some patients.

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