Shoulder Impingement

Las Vegas’ Orthopedic Shoulder Specialists

What is Shoulder Impingement?

Shoulder impingement is the inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder joint. It is one of the most common causes of pain in the shoulder. Shoulder impingement is also called swimmer’s shoulder, tennis shoulder, or rotator cuff tendinitis.

Causes of Shoulder Impingement

Impingement results in those who engage in physical activities that require repeated overhead arm movements. The pain may be due to bursitis (bursa inflammation) overlying the rotator cuff or tendonitis of the cuff itself. In some circumstances, a partial rotator cuff tear may cause impingement pain.

Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement

Individuals with shoulder impingement may experience severe pain at rest and during activities, arm weakness, and difficulty raising the hand overhead.

Diagnosis of Shoulder Impingement

Diagnosis involves a physical examination by your doctor, where your doctor checks for the possible range of movements with the affected shoulder. X-rays and MRI scans may be ordered to view the injury and inflammation.

Treatment Options for Shoulder Impingement

Conservative Treatment Options for Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement can be treated with rest, ice packs, anti-inflammatory drugs, and avoiding activities involving the shoulder. Physical therapy may be advised to strengthen the muscles, and steroid injections may be administered if pain persists.

Surgery for Shoulder Impingement

Arthroscopic surgery is recommended if the rotator cuff tendons are torn and to remove the bony spurs.

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