Are you feeling pain in your shoulder and having a hard time moving your arm around? If so, you may be experiencing shoulder impingement. This condition occurs when the bone in the top of your shoulder (the acromion) presses against your rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement often results from repeated overhead movements, such as those involved in painting, swimming, and playing golf or tennis. Fortunately, if you’re in the Durham, North Carolina, area, you can turn to the professionals at North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic for treatment.

What Are the Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement?

Shoulder impingement can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms in the shoulder and arm, including:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Limited range of motion

You may also notice a clicking sound or sensation. Certain movements can exacerbate your symptoms, such as reaching overhead or behind and up your back.

How Is Shoulder Impingement Treated?

In many cases, we recommend that patients begin treating shoulder impingement using conservative methods, such as:

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Receiving corticosteroid injections
  • Icing the area
  • Stretching
  • Attending physical therapy

It’s important to promptly treat shoulder impingement because failing to do so can lead to tendinitis and bursitis. In some cases, the rotator cuff tendons may begin to wear down and eventually tear, or the biceps muscle may rupture. In those instances, surgery may be necessary.

Schedule an Appointment at Our Clinic

If you’re in Durham, NC, or a surrounding community and you’re concerned that you may have shoulder impingement, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today to set up a consultation. We take pride in offering next-day appointments for our patients’ convenience.