Impingement syndrome is when the rotator cuff tendons (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis) become trapped in the shoulder joint.
Repeated impingement can lead to inflammation and thickening, which in turn will result in more impingement and trapping of the inflamed tendons. The original cause can be overuse or one traumatic incident such as a fall.
This is a common condition in swimmers and throwers as well as racket players or any athlete who has to make repeated movements with arms above shoulders.
Shoulder impingement syndrome can be divided in two categories, bursitis and tendonitis, which can occur independently or together.
Working through the pain with activities, like tennis or golf may worsen the problem.
Instead, shoulder pain should be addressed with your physician, especially if pain worsens with activity. However, the first method to treating a painful shoulder should always be rest first.
A consultation with an orthopedic surgeon is the fastest and safest way to diagnose shoulder impingement. If you feel you are suffering from labrum tear, request an appointment today.