How is shoulder impingement treated?
The treatment for shoulder impingement is often done conservatively, without surgical intervention. Dr. Vidal will suggest one or more of the following:
- Rest and a decreased use of the injured shoulder for a period of time
- NSAIDs: non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and inflammation
- Corticosteroid injection: for some patients, an injection into the shoulder can offer pain relief and a powerful local anti-inflammatory which will promote healing.
- Physical therapy: Will often be recommended to help strengthen the muscles and tendons of the shoulder joint.
On rare occasions, more conservative methods of treating shoulder impingement does not help relieve shoulder pain. In these cases, Dr. Vidal may recommend arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which uses a small camera and special surgical instruments. The small camera is used to see inside the shoulder, to find tears or bone spurs that may be contributing to continued shoulder pain. The small, specialized instruments are used to remove and repair any irregularities, allowing the tendons to avoid being pinched and giving the bursa room to cushion without impingement. Dr. Vidal has extensive experience in evaluating and treating patients with shoulder impingement and can help patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities.