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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome


Rowers, swimmers and weight lifters are especially prone to this condition, also known as rotator cuff tendonitis. This condition occurs when rotator cuff tendons become squeezed or compressed. Find out what triggers this condition and how it’s treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Unknown but perhaps aggravated by:
    • Injury
    • Repetitive above-the-shoulder motion

Signs & Symptoms

  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatment

  • This condition is common in young athletes, especially those who participate in sports involving throwing or repetitive overhead motion such as tennis, swimming and weightlifting.
  • In adults, this condition is common to middle-aged people engaged in repetitive overhead motion work, such as construction or painting.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication, corticosteroid injection and/or physical therapy.
  • Surgical repair may be necessary.

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