Shoulder pain is a common complaint. Find out what you need to know.

INJURY
Shoulder Impingement

ALSO KNOWN AS
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

ABOUT
Shoulder pain is a common complaint and most often sourced from tendinitis (rotator cuff tendons are irritated or damaged), bursitis (the lubricating sac or bursa between the rotator cuff and the bone atop your shoulder becomes inflamed and swells with fluid) or impingement (the bone atop your shoulder rubs on the tendon and the bursa when your arm is raised to shoulder height).

COMMON INJURY
Seen most often in athletes of swimming, tennis or baseball, or those doing repetitive activities such as hairdressers, construction or painting. Pain can also be because of minor injuries and generally progresses over time with pain at night, loss of strength and difficulty doing normal activities.

DIAGNOSIS
Your SMGOA physician will discuss your symptoms and history, as well as complete a range of motion test on your shoulder. After other physical examination elements are complete, an x-ray and/or MRI may be ordered.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Non surgical treatments such as rest, activity modification, non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and steroid injections are most common treatments.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
Most often completed through arthroscopy, surgery may be necessary to make more space for the rotator cuff.

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
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