Internal impingement of the shoulder is a fairly common problem to affect young athletes who play throwing or overhead sports. Baseball pitchers, tennis players and swimmers can develop shoulder pain from it.
Affected young patients typically complain of pain in the back of their shoulder with certain motions.
Usually it comes on over time rather than after a single event. It is different in terms of presentation and who suffers the problem than the “tendinitis” or “bursitis” type of impingement we see in older adults.
In this video, I describe internal impingement of the shoulder. I discuss the diagnosis and treatment options, especially nonsurgical options to improve pain and help the athlete return to sports.
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