Impingement Syndrome

Impingement syndrome describes a painful condition of the shoulder in which  there is an impingement of rotator cuff tendons or bursa in the shoulder.  These tendons and or bursa lie between the head of the humorous and the underside of the acromion process – an area that is known as the sub-acromial space.   Once the tendons / bursa are impinged upon, they become irritated and inflamed resulting pain and restricted range of motion.  Impingement syndrome causes shoulder pain that typically involves a specific painful range of motion, which in many cases, prevents raising the elbow above the level of the shoulder.   

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