Request Appointment


Ready to make an appointment? Simply complete the fields below. Someone from our office will contact you within 24-48 hours to complete scheduling.

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
*Do not use for scheduling urgent appointments. For an urgent appointment request, please call the office most convenient to you.

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome


This is a painful pinching of soft tissues in your shoulder. It happens when these tissues rub and press against a part of your shoulder blade called the “acromion.” This can irritate your rotator cuff tendons, and also a soft sac called the “subacromial bursa. Rowers, swimmers and weight lifters are especially prone to this condition, also known as rotator cuff tendonitis.


Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Causes & Triggers

You’re at risk for shoulder impingement syndrome if you do a lot of overhead motions with your arms. It’s a problem for swimmers, baseball players and tennis players. It’s also a problem for painters and construction workers. It can result from a shoulder injury. And sometimes we don’t know why it develops.

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

Signs & Symptoms

If you have shoulder impingement syndrome, your shoulder may feel tender. It may swell. You may feel pain and stiffness when you lift and lower your arm. You may feel sudden pain when you reach above your head. Your pain may spread from the front of your shoulder to your arm. The pain may get better with rest, but it may still hurt.

  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatment

Your shoulder may improve with medications and rest. You may benefit from steroid injections and physical therapy. If these don’t help, you may need surgery. Your healthcare provider can create a care plan that is right for your needs.

  • 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.

Related Procedures

Related Physicians