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Shoulder impingement syndrome

The shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition that mainly affects the aging adults who may suffer from just one shoulder impingement or both. In a normal shoulder structure, the bones that form the shoulder have a little space between them. Due to certain reasons, this space disappears, thus leading to the compressing of the tendons and because of that, shoulder impingement syndrome occurs.

Causes of shoulder impingement syndrome

It is considered that rotator cuff tendonitis is a responsible cause for the incidence of shoulder impingement syndrome. Rotator cuff goes through the gap between the shoulder bones so that when its tendon is inflamed, it is usually squeezed since there is no space that is needed. As a consequence, the shoulder impingement syndrome occurs. On the other side, the rotator cuff tendonitis may be induced by the overuse of the shoulders, heavy weightlifting and an injury to the shoulder.

Symptoms of shoulder impingement syndrome

The main symptom of this condition is pain in the top part of the shoulder on the outer side. The pang of pain may be felt when the person tries to lift the arm over the head and when lowering the arm from that position. It is quite normal that the person also feels pain when trying to put the arm behind the back. Shoulder impingement syndrome should be treated since otherwise, the muscle tearing is very likely to appear, thus causing rotator cuff tear. Some people may also experience the biceps muscles rupture in the progressed stage of the shoulder impingement syndrome.

Treatment for shoulder syndrome impingement

As we have already mentioned, this shoulder disorder should be treated in order to avoid further complications. There are certain anti-inflammatory drugs that are given to the patient, and they usually have to be are taken for about two months since the short usage of the medicines just treats the symptoms and not the cause. The root of the problem needs to be cured since the symptoms will appear again once the medicines stop working. However, if the medicines are not effective, then the doctor usually prescribes cortisone-type injection, and the last option is a surgery if the rotator cuff tear is in question. There are also certain stretching exercises that should be performed in a warm shower in order to relieve the discomforts of shoulder impingement syndrome. However, if the pain in the shoulder is sharp when performing these stretching activities, then the exercise should be stopped.

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