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Shoulder Impingement



General wear and tear of the shoulder tendons

Above shoulder height and repetitive activities

Genetics, Sporting Activities, Wok related, Age Related Change

Degeneration and thinning of the tendons

Commonly Supraspinatus muscle- lifts the arm from the side



Pain down into upper arm on raising arm forwards or sideways

Pain on rotation of arm- reaching for seat belt, arm in to sleeve

Pain on lying on arm in bed, disturbed sleep



X-Ray, Ultrasound scan, MRI scan


Treatment options:             

Pain killers


Injections (steroid/cortisone)

Arthroscopic/Key hole surgery (see Subacromial Decompression)

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