Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement

What is Shoulder Impingement?

Whilst not technically a diagnosis “shoulder impingement” is a phenomenon we commonly see particularly in the gym environment. It occurs when the humeral head moves upwards hitting or impinging upon the acromion process (part of the shoulder blade).

Sufferers will typically notice a pinch when lifting the arm or exercises such as swimming, boxing, shoulder press, lateral raise, upright row, bench press varieties etc.

The impinging of the bone on bone may irritate and even damage the rotator cuff tendons that occupy the space between the humeral head and acromion.  A sub acromial bursa also occupies this space and acts a lubricating strip. However with excessive impingement this may also become painful and inflamed.


How does Shoulder Impingement happen?

What Get Active Physiotherapy does to treat Shoulder impingement.

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