What is shoulder impingement?

Dr. Mark Adickes and his team at Jock to Doc deal with patient on a regular basis who have a wide range of muscle and bone pain concerns. One problem that may occur is shoulder impingement. Patients who have shoulder impingement deal with shoulder pain caused by “pinching” of the bursa or tendons in the shoulder and surrounding areas. This commonly occurs to patients who participate in repetitive activities that require the arms to be held above the shoulders.

The people most at risk for shoulder impingement includes those who regularly participate in:

  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Lifting
  • Painting
  • Contract work

With shoulder impingement syndrome, patients experience persistent pain that may impact their quality of life. Certain motions, such as reaching overhead or stretching the shoulder behind the back may result in discomfort. The inflammation caused by this condition affects the rotator cuff tendons and bursa, and without appropriate treatment, may cause the tendons of the rotator cuff to thin and tear.

How is a patient diagnosed with shoulder impingement?

At Jock to Doc, Dr. Mark Adickes may diagnose this condition starting with a physical examination and medical history. While the symptoms of this condition may mimic arthritis, it is important to take x-rays to rule this condition out. The x-rays will help the doctor determine if there are changes in the bone that are indicative of muscle injury related with shoulder impingement, and the presence of bone spurs may also provide information for the doctor to make an educated diagnosis.

How is shoulder impingement treated?

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Daily stretching exercises to strengthen the shoulder muscles
  • Cortisone injections
  • Surgery to repair torn rotator cuffs
  • Temporary avoidance of activities that may have caused the condition

Are you worried that you may be dealing with shoulder impingement?

If you live in the area of Houston, TX and are suspecting this condition, Dr. Mark Adickes of Jock to Doc encourages you to book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation to determine if you need treatment for shoulder impingement. The practice is located at 950 Campbell Road and can be reached by calling (713) 464-0077.

Posted in: Shoulder Injury

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