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Painful Arc Syndrome

It is anterior shoulder pain in 60 - 120° of gleno humeral abduction.


It can be cause by

  1. Chronic supraspinatus tendinitis (most common)
  2. Calcification of supraspinatous tendon
  3. Partial (not complete) tears of supraspinatus tendon
  4. Fracture of greater tuberosity
  5. Subacromial bursitis

Signs of impingement seen like:


Test for shoulder impingement

Jobe's Test/"Empty can" test, supraspinatus test

 (For supraspinatus muscle)

Hawkins sign (for supraspinatous muscle)

Lift off test for Subscapular muscle

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