Shoulder Impingement

Are you experiencing shoulder pain and difficulty in raising your hand overhead? You may be suffering from shoulder impingement, a common condition that causes inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder joint. At Coastline Orthopaedic, we specialize in providing effective treatment for shoulder impingement to help you regain pain-free movement and functionality.

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Causes of Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement occurs when the rotator cuff tendons are compressed by the shoulder blade as the arm is lifted. This condition is more common in individuals who engage in physical activities that involve repeated overhead arm movements, such as swimming or playing tennis. The pain may be due to bursitis, inflammation of the bursa overlying the rotator cuff, or tendonitis of the cuff itself. In some cases, a partial tear of the rotator cuff may also contribute to impingement pain.

Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement

If you are experiencing severe pain in your shoulder, especially during activities or at rest, weakness in your arm, and difficulty raising your hand overhead, you may have shoulder impingement. It is important to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Our experienced doctors at Coastline Orthopaedic will perform a physical examination to assess the range of motion in your affected shoulder. X-rays and MRI scans may also be ordered to visualize any injury or inflammation. Depending on the severity of your condition, we offer both conservative and surgical treatment options.

Conservative Treatment Options

Conservative treatment options for shoulder impingement include rest, ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications, and avoiding activities that involve the shoulder. Physical therapy may also be recommended to strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. In some cases, steroid injections may be administered to alleviate persistent pain.

If conservative treatments do not provide sufficient relief, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended. This minimally invasive procedure involves making small incisions and inserting a small camera into the shoulder joint. The surgeon will then remove any bony spurs and decompress the impingement lesion, allowing for improved shoulder function.

At Coastline Orthopaedic, we are dedicated to providing personalized and effective care for shoulder impingement. Our team of experts will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that suits your individual needs and goals. Don’t let shoulder impingement hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free shoulder.

A Glimpse into Arthroscopic Surgery:

When conservative methods fall short, arthroscopic surgery emerges as a potential solution. Particularly useful for repairing torn rotator cuff tendons and removing bony spurs, this procedure involves minimal invasiveness. Small incisions facilitate the insertion of a camera into the shoulder joint, projecting images onto a screen, guiding the surgeon in decompressing the impingement lesion and restoring optimal function.