A Patient's Guide To Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder impingement syndrome is a painful condition that results from wear and tear problems with the shoulder, or from performing repetitive overhead motions.
Shoulder impingement syndrome usually results from a muscle imbalance around the shoulder that places stress on the rotator cuff tendon.
The condition develops when the tendons and bursa, a fluid filled sac, that lubricates the rotator cuff tendons, allowing smooth, painless motions, are rubbed and pinched, usually in the normal course of life, cause degeneration, irritation and inflammation. Degeneration and inflammation can cause tendons to tear or to detach. As a result of shoulder impingement syndrome, abnormal growth called bone spurs can make the space beneath the bone too samll for the rotator cuff tendons. The space may also become too narrow because of the thicken tissues or other structure or mechanical abnormalities.
Shoulder impingement syndrome causes pain in the shoulder and upper arm. You may have difficulty moving your arm. It may feel weak and painful when you raise or lower it. Night pain may interfere with your sleep.
For some people, symptoms are relieved with avoiding of certain activities, medication, and therapy. Arthroscopic surgery is recommended when such treatment provide minimal or no improvement.
Arthroscopic surgery uses an arthroscope to reconstruct or remove damaged tendons tissue and bone. An arthroscope is a thin instrument with a camera, that inserted into shoulder jointthrough small incisions. It allows surgeons to see, diagnose, and treat shoulder problems without opening up the joint or disrupting surrounding tissues. Because it is less invasive, arthroscopy has a decreased risk of infection and generally a shorter recovery period than traditional surgeries.
Let's take a look at arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
To begin, several small incisions are made. Next, the joint space is expended with a sterile saline solution. The arthroscope is inserted. It may be repositioned to view the joint from different angle. Demaged tendon is trimmed, and bursa and bone spurs are removed with thin surgical instruments. Because the incisions are so small they simply require just a stitch or a sterile strip and are covered with a bandage.
Following surgery, therapist will gently help you move your arm at first. And then you will progress to strengthening exercises. Your shoulder will need several weeks to heal. Your recovery will depend on the extent of your condition and the extent of the surgery that you had. Your doctor will let you know what to expect. Most people achieve good result with shoulder arthroscopy from impingement syndrome.