Left untreated, these tears can cause chronic pain, limit how much you can use your arm and shoulder, and lead to more serious shoulder problems. As such, it’s important not to grin, bear it and ignore your symptoms. Seeing a doctor and getting a formal diagnosis is the first step to getting your quality of life back.
Shoulder impingement happens when a tendon inside your shoulder rubs or catches on nearby tissue and bone as you lift your arm. It can come on gradually or you might feel it all of a sudden. It can cause pain, and a feeling of weakness when you lift or move your arm.
If your pain doesn’t go away, it’s worth seeing a specialist who can assess your condition and create a recovery plan for you. This could include working with a specialist physiotherapist, steroid injections in the shoulder, and rarely, surgery.