Shoulder impingement occurs when the lubrication sac or bursa between the rotator cuff and the top of the arm bone becomes inflamed or irritated.
The bursa helps the rotator cuff tendons glide smoothly when you move your arm. Repetitive overhead movements of the arm can cause the arm bone to rub against, or impinge the tendon of the rotator cuff, which irritates the bursa resulting in inflammation and pain.
When the bursa is inflamed and swells with more fluid the condition is known as bursitis. When it is the rotator cuff that is irritated or damaged the condition is known as tendonitis.
Symptoms may include minor pain and a loss of strength that may progress into increasing discomfort with lifting or moving the arm.
Why Dr. Joseph Hecht?
Dr. Hecht is board certified in orthopedic surgery, providing expert knowledge and expertise in the area of shoulder conditions and treatment options. As one of the top Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland shoulder surgeons, Dr. Hecht brings years of valuable experience to every shoulder assessment.