Shoulder Impingement

F.A.Q. | Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the pain of shoulder impingement last?

The length of recovery depends on your age, health, and if you have had a previous injury. A bursa that is only mildly inflamed and has just started to hurt may improve within a few weeks. A bursa that is significantly inflamed and has been painful for a long time may take up to a few months to improve.

You need to stop doing the activities that cause pain until your shoulder has healed. If you continue doing activities that cause pain, your symptoms will return and it will take longer to recover.

When can I return to my normal activities?

Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate.

Return to your activities will be determined by how soon your shoulder recovers, not by how many days or weeks it has been since your injury has occurred.

In general, the longer you have symptoms before you start treatment, the longer it will take to get better. The goal is to return to your normal activities as soon as is safely possible. If you return too soon you may worsen your injury.

You may safely return to your activities when:

  • Your injured shoulder has full range of motion without pain.
  • Your injured shoulder has regained normal strength compared to the uninjured shoulder.

26 February, 2012