Have you had a recent onset of shoulder pain without a specific incident or injury to your shoulder? Often, this is a condition of the shoulder joint known as impingement syndrome. Impingement syndrome is a condition in which one of the rotator cuff muscles, the supraspinatus, is being put under stress by surrounding shoulder structures. The supraspinatus rests in a small space between the top of the humerus (upper arm bone) and the shoulder blade. Frequent overhead activity or repetitive lifting of the arm can pinch the supraspinatus, causing irritation and pain. This pain can occur with activity and at rest. If your pain continues for more than a few weeks, consult a doctor for proper diagnosis. A doctor or physical therapist can provide care to alleviate your shoulder pain.
Brandon Griffin, P.T., D.P.T., is a physical therapist for Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers. Brandon sees patients at the Edgewood location.