What is Shoulder Impingement?
Shoulder impingement occurs when one of the Rotator Cuff tendons becomes pinched, or “impinged”, within the space between the ball and socket of the shoulder. It is most commonly seen in people who engage in repetitive overhead activity, such as swimmers, body builders, scaffolders, throwing athletes and racquet sportsmen.
Shoulder Impingement is not a normal part of shoulder movement, however if it continues to occur, the rotator cuff tendon may “tear” or can become inflamed, a condition known as Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.
Signs & Symptoms
What Causes Shoulder Impingement?
Shoulder Impingement may occur from either structural or postural/movement causes.
Structural narrowing from bone spurs or arthritis reduces the space available for the Rotator Cuff tendons to move within the shoulder, therefore increasing the likelihood of impingement. This type of impingement largely occurs in the older population.
Shoulder Impingement resulting from postural and movement causes occur at any age and are much more common as multiple factors may exist at the same time. Risk factors include:
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