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Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome

Rotator cuff impingement syndrome (also called shoulder impingement) is caused due to several problems:

Inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons, inflammation and/or swelling of the subacromial bursa that sits between the rotator cuff and the top of the shoulder or due to calcium deposits in tendons.

Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome Symptoms

  • Shoulder pain at night or when resting
  • Weakness of the arm and small range of motion (develops over time)
  • Pain when moving or lifting the arm
  • Shoulder pain from the top of the shoulder to the elbow
  • Cracking sound when moving the arm

Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome Diagnose

  • To diagnose the rotator cuff impingement syndrome, the doctor will examine your shoulder; check for tenderness and analysis your range of activities by having movement of arm to a variety of positions
  • He also perform strength tests, such as pressing down the arm as try to stay it in a raised situation with the elbow bent
  • Diagnostic tests include x-rays to ensure the condition of the bones in the shoulder area
  • Ultrasound or MRI scans to find out if there are any tears in the rotator cuff

Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome Treatment

  • Rest
  • Ice packs to put on the aching shoulder
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Ultrasound is usually recommended to stimulate the tissues and improve blood flow to the injured area
  • Corticosteroid injections into the space under the acromion to reduce inflammation
  • In some cases, if the patient doesn’t respond to the treatments above, the doctor may decide a surgery is needed

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