What is catching pain?
Catching pain, or shoulder impingement syndrome, is pain and often weakness when you raise your arm. This is caused by a muscle tendon “catching” in your shoulder. It involves the rotator cuff tendon. This is a tough, rubbery cord that connects the muscles in your shoulder to the top of your arm. The tendon and muscle run through a narrow space at the top of the shoulder called the subacromial space. The tendon becomes trapped in this space. It repeatedly scrapes against the bone, causing pain.
What causes catching pain?
Injury or overuse of the shoulder may result in swelling or thickening of the rotator cuff tendon. Injury may be caused by the likes of a road traffic accident or a dislocated shoulder from rugby. Overuse my come through repetitive everyday activities or excessive rotation movements at the shoulder. It is more likely to occur in physical activities that require repeated overhead arm movements. These include tennis, golf, swimming, weight lifting, or throwing in cricket or the javelin.
How to treat catching pain
Your initial concerns will be to deal with the pain and ice and heat packs will help this. Other treatments might include: