Shoulder Impingement Quick Summary:
Shoulder impingement is a condition of the shoulder in which pain can occur after injury, repetitive use , or poor posture that puts pressure on the muscles and tendons in and around the shoulder joint. Often, the rotator cuff muscles weaken and do not work properly to move the shoulder, which causes further compression and pain. If not treated properly, this can lead to worsening pain and restriction or even tears to the rotator cuff.
What it may feel like:
You may feel pain in the front, side, or back of the shoulder, especially with raising the arm overhead. It may feel weak and keep you from your daily tasks at home, school, or work.
What you can do for it:
It is important to see a medical professional to diagnose and treat your injury. A physical therapist will evaluate how your shoulder feels and moves, as well as your neck, back and posture. Often some simple exercises can help to improve motion and strength, along with over-the-counter medication and ice. You may want to start with sliding your arm up the wall (pain free) and squeezing your shoulder blades together to work on movement and posture. If your pain does not improve, talk with your therapist for more treatment options as it is best for each person to have an individualized course of treatment.

by Jana Yoder, PT, DPT – Goshen Clinic

About Jana:
I became interested in physical therapy when I was an injured athlete who had to go through physical therapy to return to sports. I became a physical therapist in order to improve functionality and quality of life in people’s lives.
My favorite part of this job, is I enjoy working with people, engaging in their life stories, and getting them back to the things they love.
A fun fact about myself is I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee.