SHOULDER

IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME

SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT

SYNDROME

What is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

This is a painful pinching of soft tissue in your shoulder.  It happens when these tissues rub and press against a part of your shoulder blade called the “acromion”.  This can irritate your rotator cuff tendons, and also a soft sac called the “subacromial bursa.” 

Who is at risk?

You’re at risk for shoulder impingement if you do a lot of overhead motions with your arms.  It’s a problem for swimmer, baseball players and tennis players.  It’s also a problem for painters and construction workers.  It can result from a shoulder injury.  And sometimes we don’t know why it develops.  

What are the symptoms?

If you have shoulder impingement syndrome, your shoulder may feel tender.  It may swell.  You may feel pain and stiffness when you lift and lower your arm.  You may feel sudden pain when you reach above your head.  Your pain may spread from the front of your shoulder to your arm.  The pain may get better with rest, but it may still hurt.  

What are the treatment options?

Your shoulder may improve with medications and rest.  You may benefit from steroid injections and physical therapy.  If these don’t help, you may need surgery. Your Houston Pain MD healthcare provider can create a care plan that is right for your needs.    

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