Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common cause of shoulder pain. It occurs when the scapula, or shoulder blade, puts pressure on your rotator cuff when lifting your arm.
If you have this syndrome, it may be hard for you to reach behind your back or overhead for items. Additionally, shoulder impingement syndrome can lead to tendonitis or bursitis over time as well as start to cause your rotator cuff to thin or tear.
There are a variety of nonsurgical treatment options that can be used to treat shoulder impingement syndrome, including:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
If nonsurgical treatment options are unsuccessful in relieving your pain, surgery may be recommended to create more space for your rotator cuff to move. A specialty-trained surgeon can work with you to develop a surgical treatment plan that is right for you.