Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

What Is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

Shoulder impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff become compressed between the head of the humerus bone and a part of the shoulder blade. This syndrome can lead to a chronic inflammatory condition that may eventually develop into the weakening of the rotator cuff tendons. Ultimately, this situation could result in a torn rotator cuff.

What Causes Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common cause of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is impingement of tendons or bursa in the shoulder from bones of the shoulder. Overhead activity of the shoulder, especially repeated activity, is a risk factor for shoulder impingement syndrome

What Are The Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

  • Difficulty reaching up behind the back.
  • Pain when the arms are extended above the head.
  • Shoulder weakness.

What Are The Treatment Options For Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

Oral anti-inflammatory medications — such as aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen, remain the most common treatment for impingement syndrome.

Your orthopedic surgeon may also prescribe Ice to reduce pain. Manual Therapy. Your physical therapist may use manual techniques, such as gentle joint movements, soft-tissue massage, and shoulder stretches to get your shoulder moving properly, so that the tendons and bursa avoid impingement. Range-of-Motion Exercises.

Recovery time. Shoulder impingement usually takes about three to six months to heal completely. More severe cases can take up to a year to heal. However, you can usually start returning to your normal activities within two to four weeks.

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When conservative care and treatment is appropriate, we offer the best, least invasive, least aggressive treatment options to relieve your pain and discomfort. When an injury is more serious and conservative care is not an option, our orthopedic surgeons provide the latest in innovative surgical interventions available with the goal of getting you back to the life you love. Wisconsin Bone & Joint physicians offer orthopedic services at three convenient locations in Mayfair, Glendale and Cedarburg.