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What is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Posted on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

What is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome 

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a widespread medical condition that affects the shoulder and is often detected in aging adults.  The medical condition is related to rotator cuff tendonitis and shoulder bursitis, and these aforementioned conditions can occur on their own or in combination. In virtually all areas of a person’s body, bones are the deepest structures and are enclosed by muscles.  shoulder impingement

When a person incurs an injury to his rotator cuff muscles, for example, the muscles tend to respond by swelling. Nonetheless, because bones surround these muscles, and when they engorge, a series of added occurrences often take place. At this time, the pressure surrounding the muscles tend to increase and can result in compression as well as loss of blood flow in the patient’s small blood vessels. When the blood flow is reduced, the muscle tissue will begin to unravel like a rope. Movements such as reaching up overhead or up and behind the back can cause pain.

Signs and Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement Disorder

Common signs and symptoms of shoulder impingement syndrome include weakness of shoulder muscles, pain with overhead usage of the arm, and difficulty in reaching behind the back. If the shoulder muscle is injured for a long time, it can tear in two, which may result in a rotator cuff tear. This causes substantial weakness in the shoulder and it could make it impossible for the patient to elevate his arm. As part of the continuing impingement process, a number of people will experience a rupture in their biceps.

How do Doctors Diagnose Shoulder Impingement Disorder?

Doctors typically begin a diagnosis by asking questions in regards to their patients’ medical history and then, proceed with a physical examination. To rule out arthritis and view changes in the bone that specify the injury, doctors will order a number of X-rays. During an examination, there may be bone changes or spurs in the normal shoulder contour of the bone. Shoulder impingement syndrome may be verified once a shot of anesthetic is injected into the area under the shoulder, and the patient experiences relief of pain.

How do Doctors Treat Shoulder Impingement Disorder?

Patients need to keep in mind that it is essential for the condition and symptoms to be treated efficiently. Some of the most common treatment options for shoulder impingement syndrome include naxproxen, aspirin, or ibuprofen to help decrease inflammation. Patients are frequently advised to consistently take the medicines for approximately eight weeks in order for them to be effective. Besides medications, taking daily warm showers are recommended too.

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