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Shoulder Impingement

Impingement, also known as tendinitis, is the irritation of the rotator cuff tendons and inflammation of the bursa, which line the tendons. This can be caused by repetitive movement of the shoulder in activities such as baseball or tennis. The tendons can wear down and eventually tear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in front of the shoulder may move into the arm, but always ends before the elbow.
  • Weakness
  • Loss of motion raising the arm above the head.

Treatment

  • Ice packs
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen
  • Rest
  • Arthroscopic surgery can remove the inflamed tissue and part of the bone over the rotator cuff relieves pressure

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