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What does rotator cuff impingement cause?

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You’re able to move your shoulder because of a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. An impingement happens when one of these tendons gets injured, causing it to swell and get pinched by the bony top of your shoulder joint.

The “pinching” makes it hard for blood to flow through. Because of that, your tendon can start to fray and split like a piece of rope.

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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