Painful arc syndrome
Painful arc syndrome or impingement syndrome is a very common shoulder problem. Symptoms occur when you raise your arm overhead or lift your arm to the side away from your body.
In most cases repetitive activities or injuries to the area cause inflammation to the tendons or joint surfaces making movement painful
How is painful arc treated?
Your consultant will do a full examination including assessing your range of motion. They may order an x-ray.
Sometimes impingement or small tears get better on their own with the help of anti-inflammatory painkillers and a change in the activity that may have caused them.
A steroid and local anaesthetic injection into your shoulder can sometime reduce pain.
Physiotherapy may help you gain strength and range of motion.
If conservative treatment is not successful your consultant may recommend shoulder surgery.
Related tests and scans
Related treatments and procedures
Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)
The rotator cuff is formed of four tendons and the adjacent muscles that attach your arm to the top of your shoulder blade, which gives the shoulder stability and control. Tears to the rotator cuff tendon can occur for many reasons including acute injury, overuse or normal age-related changes.