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What are the common shoulder impingement symptoms

You might have a little bit of pain in one of your shoulders or find it is weaker than normal. You could also have problems lifting your arm above your head, making it difficult to put on a jacket or reach for something behind you in the car. 

There are two types of pain you might experience:

  • A constant dull ache. This is often worse at night. The pain is usually at the side of the shoulder and may extend down the arm even to the elbow. Quite often it doesn’t seem to be coming from the shoulder joint at all.
  • A sharp pain when you lift your arm. You’ll feel the pain just below the acromion, which is the bony point at the top of your shoulder. It usually starts when your arm is horizontal, and eases off when you bring your arm back to vertical.

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