Shoulder Impingement occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles get pinched in the subacromial space. This condition is also commonly called Swimmer’s Shoulder.
This condition occurs from repetitive overhead activities such as baseball, softball, swimming, football, tennis, work, etc.
– Poor posture.
– Shoulder Weakness.
– Sudden increase in overhead activities.
– Pain during overhead motions, reaching out to the side, or reaching up your back.
– Shoulder weakness with overhead activities.
– Popping or clicking with overhead motions.
At Home Diagnostic Tests
– Empty Can (video).
– Hawkins-Kennedy / Sniff Elbow Test (video).
At Home Care
– Modifying/decreasing overhead movements.
– Icing for 20 mins.
– Dynamic warmup before activities.
– NSAID use as needed.
When to Seek Help
Contact your physical therapist if the pain continues or worsens after 1 week, or if any of the above tests reproduce symptoms.