Shoulder impingementOverview


Shoulder impingement is when a tendon in your shoulder rubs or catches on a nearby bone.


Common symptoms of shoulder impingement include pain or weakness in your shoulder. It's usually worse when you lift your arm.


Shoulder exercises, ice packs and painkillers can help with shoulder impingement. Steroid injections or surgery may help if it does not get better.


Shoulder impingement is often caused by an injury to your shoulder, using your shoulder too much, or damage that can happen with age.

Page last reviewed: 26/04/2017
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