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Encounter Shoulder Impingement?

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Shoulderimpingement is a common cause of shoulderpain, where a band of tissue (tendon) inside your shoulder rubs on nearby tissue and bone as you lift your arm. It affects the rotatorcuff tendon, which is the rubbery tissue that connects the muscles around your shoulder joint to the top of your arm.

Symptoms include:

1. Pain in the top and outer side of your shoulder

2. Pain worsen when you lift your arm, especially when you lift it above your head

3. Pain or aching at night, which can affect your sleep

weakness in your arm

Avoid activities that involve repeatedly lifting your arm above your head (such as swimming or playing tennis) for a few days or weeks. Consult a doctor or physiotherapist when you can resume these activities.

Avoid using a sling. Do not stop moving your arm completely, carry on with normal daily activities so your shoulder does not become weak or stiff.

Ice therapy. Gently hold an ice pack (or bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a towel and place on your shoulder for 15 to 20 minutes a few times a day.

How can Physio help?

Shoulder impingement usually responds well to physical therapy, which uses gentle exercises to rebuild strength and range of motion.

Your doctor can advise and refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in shoulder injuries.

Physical therapy sessions will focus on the muscles in your shoulder, arm, and chest, which can help to improve the function of your rotator cuff. If you are an athlete or work in a field that requires frequent use of your shoulder, your physical therapist can teach you proper techniques to reduce chances of recurrence.

Home exercises may be provided to help you recover faster. Just make sure you don’t overdo it!

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