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Shoulder Impingement

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

What is shoulder impingement?

Shoulder impingement syndrome refers to the irritation and inflammation of shoulder tendons (rotator cuff tendons) as they pass through the subacromial space.

When the arm is raised, the space between your acromion (bony process in your shoulder) and the tendons narrows, leading quite often to pain. Overhead movements, moving your arm behind your back, and trying to put your coat on could be very painful in the presence of shoulder impingement syndrome.

What causes shoulder Impingement?

  • Shoulder impingement can be caused from different factors such as :

  • Overuse of shoulder (individuals who are involved in overhead sports)

  • A trauma or injury like fall onto an overstretched arm or direct onto the shoulder

  • Muscle imbalances on the shoulder, creating mechanical changes overtime

  • A bone spur , reducing the subacromial space

  • Poor posture

  • Shoulder instability

Who is going to diagnose my shoulder impingement?

Diagnosis of shoulder impingement can be made in our clinic from our highly specialised physiotherapists. After a thorough assessment, we will be able to give you the right diagnosis and we will also provide treatment.

What are the symptoms of shoulder impingement?

  • Pain when your arm is lifted above your head

  • Pain at the front and the side of your shoulder

  • Pain when you lay on the affected side and it’s worse at night time

  • Pain when reaching behind your back

  • Shoulder weakness and stiffness

  • Swelling on the shoulder area

How is shoulder impingement syndrome treated?

The goal of treatment in Physio Pattern Manchester for shoulder impingement is to reduce the pain, restore shoulder function and decrease impingement of rotator cuff tendons.

A treatment plan will be developed to ensure a speedy recovery with long term results and no recurrence. An Individualised exercise program will be prescribed to you as well.

Physio Pattern Manchester is going to use some of the modalities below as assessment and treatment tools (click on the links below for more information).

If you would like more information of how Physio Pattern Manchester can help with this condition, or to book an assessment please call


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