Impingement syndrome is one of several problems that can cause inflammation of the bursa or the tendons within the joints in the shoulders. Individuals often have a bony spur on the clavicle that limits the space through which the supraspinatus tendon can travel.
How does impingement syndrome develop?
Most daily activities that use the arms above the level of the shoulders cause mild impingement, as well as a minimal amount of pain. Impingement becomes more serious as a result of constantly repeated throwing activities, working with the arms over the head or various repetitive actions, all of which can irritate or damage the rotator cuff tendons. Osteoarthritis can also lead to impingement in the shoulder area
What are the symptoms of impingement syndrome?
Generalized shoulder aches are common in the early stages of impingement syndrome. Pain is also experienced when the arm is moved out to the side or in front of the body. Sleeping may become painful when the afflicted individual rolls onto the affected shoulder. Another symptom is a sharp pain when trying to reach into one's back pocket. As the condition worsens, the joint may become stiffer and create additional pain. Sometimes it feels like the arm "catches" when it is lowered. If the rotator cuff tendons are torn, it may be very difficult, or even impossible, to raise the arm.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of impingement syndrome, but they do not address the root of the problem. However, regenerative medicine techniques, such as Prolotherapy, help improve the structual integrity of the shoulder and eliminate pain.
The Prolotherapy treatment regimens suggested here are based on the experience of Caring Medical. They do not apply to every case or condition. A person using these recommendations without the aid of a personal physician does so at their own risk. This information is provided for informational purposes only. It is essential to have your condition evaluated by your own personal physician. For an appointment with either of our Prolotherapists, Ross Hauser, MD or Danielle Steilen, MMS, PA-C, please call 708-848-7789 or email us at email@example.com.