Shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons for GP visits. Because the shoulder is such a movable joint, it has a high risk of instability. This instability can lead to many different problems, being the most common the Subacromial Impingement.
The Subacromial Impingement occurs whenever there is narrowing in the space inside the shoulder joint. Normally the soft tissues (bursa and tendons) have enough space to slide inside the shoulder, but due to inflammation these structures swell up, contributing to the loss of space. This loss of space causes the bones to pinch the soft tissues, causing the impingement to occur.
Other common shoulder conditions include:
- frozen shoulder
- adhesive capsulitis