shoulder impingement symptoms and treatment

Medically Reviewed By : Dr Sravya, MBBS, MS 

Introduction to Shoulder Impact

As we know, the syndrome of shoulder impingement is the result of a vivacious cycle of rubbing the rotator cuff between the top outer edge of the shoulder and the humerus. This rubbing does lead to further narrowing of the space and swelling, which results in irritation and pain. The treatments for this kind of medical condition are:

Cortisone injections

Anti-Inflammatory medications





shoulder impingement symptoms and treatment

Who has been suffering from shoulder impingement?

Signs and Symptoms

There are some signs and symptoms for this kind of medical condition, which are as follows:

Signs and symptoms of this medical condition usually develop over weeks to months. The condition of shoulder impingement is much more closely related to another common source, of pain in the shoulder, which is called rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis. These types of conditions can occur in the form of a combination.

Having shoulder pain can also, be a sign or a symptom of a serious injury to a rotator cuff. A small hole or a tear is been called, a rotator cuff tear. If the rotator cuff has been turned completely, the patient he/she is more likely to have a type of significant weakness or they, might be not able to raise their arm against gravity. In addition to this, A patient he/she, might have a rupture(tear), of the biceps muscle tendon, as a part of the continuing impingement procedure.



For relieving the pain and swelling, orthopedic surgeons or physiotherapists might recommend some Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are:

Frequently Asked Questions

The recovery period for shoulder impingement takes about three to six months, depending
upon how the injury was developed and the severity of the injury.

The tests for diagnosing the condition of the shoulder impingement are:

  • The Hawkins test
  • The Neer test

In the Neer test, the medical examiner stabilizes the scapula while passively elevating the shoulder,
which has the effect of pushing the humeral head into the acromion.

There are mainly four types of shoulder impingement, which are:

  • Subcoracoid impingement
  • Anterior acromion impingement
  • Suprascapular nerve (at the spinoglenoid notch) impediment
  • Posterosuperior glenoid rim impingement