#8 Clinical Trend: Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Although rotator cuff tears are more common in the older population, impingement and rotator cuff disease are frequently seen in the repetitive overhead athlete. The increased forces and repetitive overhead motions can cause attritional changes in the distal part of the rotator cuff tendon, which is at risk due to poor blood supply. Impingement syndrome and rotator cuff disease affect athletes at a younger age than the general population.
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The Neer stages of rotator cuff impingement of the shoulder are as follows: stage 1 commonly affects patients younger than 25 years; stage 2, patients aged 25-40 years; and stage 3, patients older than 40 years.
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