Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

The cause of shoulder impingement syndrome is the compression of the tendons of the rotator cuff.

This is between part of the shoulder blade and the head of the humerus.

This may lead to a weakening of the tendons of the rotator cuff, a situation that may result in a torn rotator cuff.

Shoulder Impingement Treatment

Rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications and steroids are treatments for an impinged shoulder.

A simple series of stretching exercises and ice or heat may also give relief.

The use of an ice pack cools the inflammation down and conversely heat helps to warm up the muscles around the shoulder and get rid of some of the muscular tension.

A relatively inexpensive wrap for your shoulder can also do wonders.

If non-invasive treatments don’t work shoulder surgery may be required.

Shoulder Impingement Surgery

Subacromial decompression is the term used for surgery for shoulder impingement syndrome.

The surgical procedures used by doctors are designed to make more room for the tendons of the rotator cuff if shoulder surgery is necessary.

Acromioplasty is accomplished by removing bone spurs that the tendon rubs on in order to make more room for the tendon to glide normally.

A lubricating sack between the rotator cuff and the underside of the acromion that is inflamed by the impingement process is also removed.