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When someone is diagnosed with shoulder impingement (pinching pain), there is usually an underlying cause. Until this underlying cause such as tendinosis, inflammation, calcification, arthritis, or even rotator cuff tearing is correctly identified, the impingement may persist with certain movements causing pain during the day and night along with weakness and even stiffness. We can help you pinpoint and effectively treat the cause of your shoulder pain.


Shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) refers to a combination of symptoms and exam findings suggestive of compression of soft tissue like the bursa and rotator cuff around the shoulder joint with certain movements. 

This etiology of shoulder pain is very common and second only to low back pain as a cause of musculoskeletal pain. SIS is a common reason individuals may see their sports medicine doctor or even their primary care physician. 

Risk factors include work or repetitive sports activity at or above the level of the shoulder and increasing age. Sports like swimming, tennis, throwing, and weight lifting are commonly associated with SIS. Work activity like painting and heavy lifting or reaching overhead are common contributors to SIS symptoms.

It is important to make an appointment with your sports medicine specialist in order to accurately examine your shoulder and diagnose and treat the underlying cause of SIS

At Sports Health Northwest, we prioritize a focused history and exam along with imaging such as musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) to help identify the diagnosis, best treatments, and speed your recovery.

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