Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition where your shoulder's bursa and/or rotator cuff tendons are intermittently trapped and compressed during shoulder elevation movements.
The shoulder impingement zone is located between the head of your humerus (shoulder's ball-shaped bone) and the top of your shoulder blade (known as the acromion).
It’s also known as impingement syndrome or swimmer’s shoulder since it’s common in swimmers.
While a traumatic injury eg fall, can occur, it is repeated movement of arm through the impingement zone that most frequently causes the bursa/rotator cuff to contact the outer end of the shoulder blade (acromion).
Shoulder impingement are caused by overuse.
Occupations that require lots of heavy lifting or arm movement.
- Construction work
- Moving boxes