Shoulder impingement is a condition in which the tendons (connective tissue) or the bursa (fluid-filled sac that cushions bones, muscles, and tendons) become impinged, or pinched.
Repetitive, overhead activities that use the shoulder – such as painting, lifting, swimming, or playing tennis – can cause shoulder impingement over time. If left untreated, shoulder impingement can lead to a rotator cuff tear, damage to the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint.
Symptoms of shoulder impingement include:
- Difficulty reaching up behind the back
- Pain and difficulty completing overhead tasks
- Weakness in the shoulder muscles
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