Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common cause for shoulder pain. It occurs when there is an impingement of the tendons of the rotator cuff as they pass through the shoulder joint.
Causes and Risk of Impingement Syndrome
Overhead use of the shoulder joint may cause impingement syndrome. The following are some of causes and risk factors of Impingement syndrome:
- Partial tear of a rotator cuff tendon
- Repeated activity using shoulder like tennis, swimming and other overhead sports
- Joint Abnormality
The following are the Symptoms of Impingement Syndrome
- Weakening of the shoulder muscles
- Pain in the shoulder that from the top of the shoulder to the elbow
Pain when lying on sore shoulder
- Pain while using arm
- Difficulty in reaching up behind the back
- Muscle pain or weakness when lifting or attempting to reach
- Sharp pain when trying to reach the back pocket
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Impingement Syndrome
- Impingement Syndrome can be diagnosed by an ultrasound scan which helps to visualize the dynamic impingement and detect associated injuries.
Usually, the doctor may suggest a non surgical treatment such as anti inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections while starting the treatment for Impingement syndrome. If the patient have problem after trying non surgical treatments, the doctor may suggest a surgery. The surgical methods for treating Impingement syndrome are:
- Acromioplasty: Surgery to increase the space between the acromion and the rotator cuff.
- Resection Arthroplasty: In this procedure if there is a arthritic AC joint, the end of the clavicle will be removed
- Arthroscopic Procedure: In this procedure the surgeon look in to the joint using an arthroscope and treat the problems inside the joints
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