It is not uncommon to suffer an upper body injury following an Illinois car accident. One of the possible injuries a car accident victim can sustain is shoulder impingement syndrome. The blog below discusses what shoulder impingement syndrome is and how it can be treated.
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
The shoulder joint is a complex system of bones, muscles, and tendons. Part of the system is the rotator cuff, which stabilizes the humerus and facilitates range of motion in the shoulder. Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition that flows from inflammation of the rotator cuff.
A person with shoulder impingement syndrome is experiencing swelling and inflammation that results in the tendons of the rotator cuff rubbing against the top of the shoulder joint. This rubbing can be extremely painful. The condition can occur for various reasons and is often the result of a traumatic injury, such as injuries consistent with a car accident.
Treatments for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Most doctors will first opt for conservative treatments for patients with shoulder impingement syndrome. This will usually include treatments aimed at reducing the swelling in the shoulder, like anti-inflammatory medications and a regimen of applying heat and ice to the joint. Doctors might also recommend that patients do certain stretches or try physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in the shoulder joint.
Patients with shoulder impingement syndrome might also benefit from pain medications and injections to target inflammation. Many patients are able to decrease their pain and improve range of motion with these treatment options.
If patients have not found relief from conservative management, doctors might recommend surgery. Surgery will then likely be followed by physical therapy after a patient has had time to heal.
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