Shoulder Impingement: Episode 55

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Impingement Syndrome: Episode 55

  • In this episode: A really fancy name for shoulder pain. Basically this diagnosis means you have inflammation in your shoulder and as a result it hurts. There is a little more to it than that so check out the full episode.

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Brief except from the episode:
Shoulder impingement is pretty common. This is pain in the shoulder which is worse with reaching overhead or out to the side and behind the back. Tucking in your shirt or into the back seat of the car are also bothersome.
Usually this is caused by work, overhead work, sports like swimming and throwing but also with tennis players and golfers. The source of pain is swelling in the subacromial space. Which is the area below the acromion, which is the top tip of your shoulder blade.
The space between the acromion and the head of the humorous is known as the subacromial space. That area there contains a lot of tendons, ligaments and a bursa. If this area is irritated it can stay irritated because the structures will squeeze and pinch each other. Also changes to bony structure in this area can take up space. The swelling associated with this with pinch or impinge and that gives you the typical pain.
A good self-test is called a painful arch. If you take your arm; starting at your side and bring it straight up over your head, ysually the first 90degrees are comfortable the range from 90-120 is painful and than the pain goes away at the top again.
Keep listening for more.
Other episode you might enjoy:
Shoulder Labrum: Episode 47
Adhesive Capsulitis/Frozen Shoulder Syndrome: Episode 26
Biceps Tendonitis: Episode 24
Rotator Cuff Injury: Episode 18
Shoulder Pain: Episode 4
 

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