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Signs Your Shoulder Pain Could Be a Rotator Cuff Impingement

Posted on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

Signs Your Shoulder Pain Could Be a Rotator Cuff Impingement 

Rotator cuff impingement syndrome is a shoulder condition that is very common, especially in aging adults. This medical condition is closely linked to rotator cuff tendinitis and shoulder bursitis. The aforementioned conditions can often come about on their own or they could even occur in combination.  shoulder pain

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

In most regions of the human body, muscles encase the bones. However, in the shoulder area, the bone encases the muscle. If a person taps on the shoulder, the bone can be felt instantaneously. Under that bone is the muscle that raises the arm. The rotator cuff muscles are squashed in between the acromion and the arm bone. This extraordinary arrangement leads to the medical condition commonly known as rotator cuff impingement.

When a person incurs an injury to his rotator cuff muscle, it reacts typically by swelling in the same way that a sprained ankle would. Nonetheless, due to the surrounding bone, swelling can cause a few specific symptoms, which may include increased pressure that can result in loss of blood flow and compression in the capillaries.

As soon as the blood flow lessens, the muscle tissue starts to fray. As the tissue engorges, it results in extreme pain akin to a toothache. A number of actions, which include reaching overhead or up behind the back, provoke the pain. When pain occurs at night, the rotator cuff impingement syndrome can make it extremely difficult for the patient to sleep.

Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

The common symptoms of rotator cuff impingement disorder include pain when the arm is extended overhead, weakness in shoulder muscles, and difficulty in reaching up behind one’s back. If the shoulder muscles are severely injured and for a long period, they can tear in two, which results in a rotator cuff tear. This injury can cause substantial weakness and at times, failure in elevating the injured arm against gravity. In some cases, patients may incur a rupture in their bicep muscles as well.

People who experience the aforementioned symptoms should consult an experienced local orthopedist in order to obtain a diagnosis and undergo the proper treatment immediately. Orthopedists can be found online or through trusted general practitioners or primary care physicians.

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