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What are the causes of rotator cuff impingement?

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People get a rotator cuff impingement for different reasons. In people younger than 25, it’s often caused by using your shoulder too much, or by trauma.

But if you’re over 50, it’s probably due to general wear and tear on your shoulder over the years. And the injury is more likely to go beyond a “pinched” tendon, and could end up as a partial or complete tear.

Sometimes, an injury, like falling, can also cause an impingement.

From: What Is Rotator Cuff Impingement? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Impingement Syndrome,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How To Avoid Injuries to Your Rotator Cuff: Impingement Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears.”

South Shore Hospital: “Rotator Cuff Impingement/Tendinopathy.”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/NHS Trust: “Shoulder Impingement.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Impingement Syndrome,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How To Avoid Injuries to Your Rotator Cuff: Impingement Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears.”

South Shore Hospital: “Rotator Cuff Impingement/Tendinopathy.”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/NHS Trust: “Shoulder Impingement.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 15, 2017

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