Stages of shoulder impingement syndrome

Three stages of shoulder impingement syndrome

  • • Stage I usually occurs under 25 years of age and is characterized by tendon hemorrhage and edema.
  • • Stage II usually occurs between 25 and 40 years and is characterized by tendinitis and fibrosis of the subacromial bursa.
  • • Stage III usually occurs over 40 years of age and is characterized by tears of the rotator cuff and bicipital tendon.

Stages I and II are reversible with appropriate treatment.


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