About Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder impingement occurs when the top outer edge of your shoulder blade, called the acromion, rubs against (“impinges on”) or pinches your rotator cuff beneath it, causing pain and irritation. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that come together as tendons to form a covering around the head of the humerus which is the bone of the upper arm. The rotator cuff attaches the humerus to the shoulder blade and helps to lift and rotate your arm. When your rotator cuff is irritated or injured, it swells in much the same way your ankle does when it is sprained. However, because your rotator cuff is surrounded by bone, swelling reduces the amount of space around the rotator cuff, leading to rubbing and worsening pain.
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Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder impingement syndrome usually presents as shoulder pain with a limited range of motion and potential weakness. Pain is usually worse when trying to reach above your head or lift your arm outward. If shoulder pain persists, reducing inflammation is almost always necessary, which can be accomplished with injection therapy or oral medications. Our specialists at Ospina Medical will create a personalized treatment plan to address your shoulder complaints and get you back to living your life.
Treatments for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Treatments for shoulder impingement syndrome generally include physical therapy and injections. Patients may require a cortisone or steroid injection to help decrease inflammation around the site of impingement. Additionally, our providers are specialists in Regenexx regenerative medicine procedures. Regenexx utilizes platelet-rich plasma (PRP), platelet lysate, and if needed bone marrow concentrate containing stem cells to not just improve pain, but overall tissue health as well.
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