Shoulder impingement is a somewhat global term to describe problems with the rotator cuff, often commonly referred to as “tendinitis” or “bursitis.” The rotator cuff tendons can get irritated as they rub against the undersurface of the acromion. The bursa between the acromion and the tendons can get inflamed, causing shoulder pain. In addition, there can be some underlying tendinopathy in one of the rotator cuff tendons. The overall constellation of problems creates a very painful shoulder. Physical therapy may be beneficial to improve range of motion and restore normal kinematics of the shoulder. Often doing some exercises for shoulder impingement can relieve your pain and allow you to get back to what you love to do.
In this video, physical therapist Yves Gege and I show a few exercises you can do to try to recover from rotator cuff or shoulder impingement.
Remember, these exercise posts, like other information on this site, are not intended to represent specific medical advice. If you have any questions about this injury or one its treatment, make sure to see your doctor or a physical therapist.