How is shoulder impingement diagnosed?
The condition of shoulder impingement and bursitis can get worse on its own, causing more pain over time. Patients who believe they may be experiencing shoulder impingement syndrome should seek medical advice promptly to avoid further damage. When treated early, the physicians at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho can help patients minimize swelling and continued discomfort. Shoulder impingement and bursitis can be easily diagnosed by a history and physical examination, and may require an X-ray or MRI scan to rule out other possible injuries.
How is shoulder impingement treated?
Treatment for bursitis and shoulder impingement is usually successful with conservative methods. Rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and discontinuing use of the injured shoulder for a period of time can help minimize the inflammation of the injury. Some patients find relief by receiving a cortisone injection given at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, which will decrease inflammation and allow for healing. Physical therapy will often be recommended to help strengthen the muscles and tendons of the shoulder joint.
On rare occasion, or if the more conservative methods of treating shoulder impingement and bursitis do not eliminate shoulder pain; the specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho may recommend arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which uses a small camera and special surgical instruments. These are used to see inside the shoulder, and to find tears or bone spurs that may be contributing to the persistence of shoulder pain. Any irregularities are removed and repaired, allowing the tendons to avoid being pinched and giving the bursa room to cushion without impingement. This type of surgery allows for more rapid healing and a quick return to normal activities. Any time shoulder pain related to impingement or bursitis persists, a thorough evaluation should be performed by a shoulder specialist to make sure the persistence of pain is not due to a rotator cuff tendon tear. The specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho have experience in evaluating and treating patients with impingement and bursitis and can help patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.
For more information on shoulder impingement and bursitis, or to see a shoulder specialist, please contact The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, serving Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.