Shoulder Impingement – Allen, TX
Dr. Morgan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon in Allen, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of shoulder conditions, including Frozen Shoulder, Rotator Cuff Tear, Shoulder Impingement, Bursitis etc.

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement is a common cause of pain and discomfort in the joint. The condition occurs when the rotator cuff tendons are compressed or become inflamed as a result of repetitive shoulder movements. Over time, it may lead to the development of Tendinitis or Bursitis of the shoulder. People involved in activities such as tennis, swimming, weight lifting, house painting etc. are more susceptible to the condition.  

Causes Of Shoulder Impingement

  • Repetitive shoulder movements
  • Injury
  • Abnormalities in the shoulder bone
  • Tightening of the tissues around the shoulder joint
  • Thickened bursa or ligaments
  • Weak muscle strength around rotator cuff and shoulder blade

Symptoms Of Shoulder Impingement

  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Muscle weakness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Popping sensation
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Pain while lying on the affected shoulder
  • Difficulty reaching behind the back or raising the arm overhead

Diagnosis Of Shoulder Impingement

The orthopedic doctor may conduct a physical examination of the shoulder joint. He may ask about the patient’s medical history and evaluate the symptoms. Imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI may be recommended to rule out Arthritis and bone spurs. Specific tests such as Hawkins-Kennedy Test and Neer sign may also be conducted to determine the severity of condition.

Treatment For Shoulder Impingement

  • Rest: Sufficient rest must be provided to the affected shoulder joint. The doctor may suggest avoiding vigorous activities that may aggravate the symptoms.  
  • Ice and heat therapy: Applying ice at frequent intervals can help to ease pain and stiffness. Heat therapy can also be beneficial in reducing the symptoms.
  • Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by the doctor to eliminate swelling and discomfort. Cortisone injections may also be administered in case of severe pain.
  • Physical therapy: The doctor may recommend certain stretching and strengthening exercises to promote recovery. These exercises may also help in improving the range of motion of the shoulder.
  • Surgery: If conservative options do not provide relief, surgery may be recommended. The orthopedic surgeon may remove the inflamed bursa or a part of the acromion to create more space for the rotator cuff tendons.

For diagnosis and treatment of Shoulder Impingement, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Allen, TX, you can call at (972) 727 – 9995.