Treatment for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome in Lafayette, LA
Shoulder impingement syndrome is a painful condition that results from repetitive overhead arm movements, which can stress and inflame the tendons and bursa in the shoulder joint. Naturally very tight, the subacromial space – which houses the rotator cuff muscles, shoulder tendons, and bursa – is further reduced when the arm is raised. Inflammation can cause the soft tissues within this narrow space to become irritated or pinched between the ball of the shoulder joint (humeral head) and the bony “roof” over the shoulder (acromion).
Shoulder Impingement Symptoms
Shoulder impingement syndrome can cause discomfort and instability, even while at rest. Other common symptoms include:
- Sharp pain or a “catching” sensation when the arm is raised overhead
- Difficulty reaching upward or backward
- Shoulder muscle weakness
Shoulder Impingement Treatment Options
In many cases, shoulder impingement syndrome can be treated effectively with nonsurgical therapies, such as activity modifications to avoid overhead arm movements, daily stretches in a warm shower, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and ice applications as needed. The goals of treatment are to reduce inflammation and boost circulation, which can promote the repair of the damaged tissues. To ensure full and proper healing, it is essential to identify and address the root cause of the impingement, which could be a muscle imbalance, an incorrect throwing or lifting technique, or poor posture.
The Importance of Prompt Treatment
If left untreated, shoulder impingement syndrome can worsen and lead to the development of a secondary – and potentially more serious – condition such as bursitis, tendinitis, or a rotator cuff tear. Therefore, if you are experiencing shoulder pain, stiffness, or muscle weakness, you are encouraged to seek prompt medical attention. Peter D. Vizzi, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who treats many athletes and other active individuals in Lafayette, Louisiana. Contact Dr. Vizzi’s office today to set up an appointment.