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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder impingement syndrome is caused by compression of the tendons of the rotator cuff between a part of the shoulder blade and the head of the humerus. This can become a chronic inflammatory condition that may lead to a weakening of the tendons of the rotator cuff, a situation that may result in a torn rotator cuff. Initial treatment for an impinged shoulder includes rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications (sometimes including steroid injections).

The vast majority of patient are able to get relief with a simple series of stretching exercises and ice or heat. Ice helps to cool down the inflammation, heat helps to warm up the muscles around the shoulder and get rid of some of the muscular tension. If you have a case of shoulder impingement now, a relatively inexpensive wrap for your shoulder can do wonders. These can be hard to find, but you can order the ones that we like directly from amazon.com by clicking here: shoulder wraps

30 minutes of cool followed by 30 minutes of warmth is a great idea before doing the exercises suggested in our rehabiliation section. Click here for rehabiliation exercises

When shoulder surgery is necessary, the surgical procedures used by doctors are designed to make more room for the tendons of the rotator cuff. This is accomplished by removing bone spurs that the tendon rubs on in order to make more room for the tendon to glide normally. This type of surgery is called an "acromioplasty"). At the same time, a lubricating sack between the rotator cuff and the underside of the acromion (known as the bursa) that is inflamed by the impingement process is also removed. The surgery for shoulder impingement syndrome is known as subacromial decompression.

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