Shoulder Impingement Symptom

A common condition, impingement syndrome, can commonly occur in the shoulder. Shoulder impingement most often is seen in older adults, but anyone can experience it. Shoulder and rotator cuff bursitis are closely related and can occur in combination with shoulder impingement. With proper identification and treatment, recovery is obtainable.  At Procuro Clinic I  have vast knowledge and experience in treating shoulder problems.

How Shoulder Impingment  Syndrome Occurs

  • Shoulder impingement commonly happens from an injury to the rotator cuff muscles, (The ones used in rotating the arm… tennis playing style!) which are surrounded by bone. Once injured, the pressure begins to build since the swelling is contained within the joint. This swelling puts pressure on the small blood vessels and muscle tissue. When the swelling decreases, the tissue starts to fray like the ends of a rope. Yowzaah!!


  • The first symptom of shoulder impingement is difficulty reaching up and behind the back with pain.  Scratching your head/back, brushing your hair,  tying your bra or reaching back to put on your coat. You also may have difficulty lifting your arms up overhead without experiencing pain. These symptoms, along with weakness in your shoulder muscles, can be signs of impingement.


  • If the muscles are injured over a long period of time, they can tear. A rotator cuff tear can be extremely painful and cause significant weakness in your shoulders. You may not be able to elevate your arm, and treatment and recovery may be more intensive.  But don’t worry… if it is addressed sooner rather than later it should not turn into such a serious injury as that. Here are some simple rehabilitation exercises for recovery AFTER treatment!

Rehabilitation Exercise Video for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome


REMEMBER…..! Posture should ALWAYS be considered in shoulder and back strengthening exercises!  Keep shoulder blades down and back.  Straighten the lower back arch…  “belt buckle UP”! 🙂