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Surgical Shoulder Impingement Treatments

Oftentimes, nonsurgical treatments are sufficient for shoulder impingement treatment. If the impingement is severe or conservative avenues have not provided relief, Dr. Madsen may suggest a minimally invasive shoulder surgery using arthroscopic instruments.

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Non-Surgical Shoulder Impingement Treatments

Initial shoulder impingement treatments do not involve surgery. Many people with shoulder impingement can experience relief and prevent further damage with simple lifestyle changes, including:

Avoiding Activity

The first step towards relief is taking a break from sports, exercise and other physically demanding activities while allowing the shoulder to rest.

Physical Therapy

Shoulder impingement may require exercises to increase shoulder strength. A physical therapist will teach you how to properly and safely stretch your shoulder muscles.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Ibuprofen, naproxen, piroxicam, celecoxib, and others, may temporarily relieve pain and control inflammation. NSAIDS should be used cautiously and are not meant as a long-term solution. Dr. Madsen will explain the usage and side effects with you if prescribed.

Injections

Injection of a corticosteroid along with a local anesthetic may also be helpful in relieving inflammation in shoulder impingement. This is a simple and effective treatment that can be done in the doctor’s office. The injection may provide temporary or permanent relief. If pain and inflammation return, another injection or two, given a few months apart, may be needed. It is important to limit the number of injections, as prolonged corticosteroid injections may damage the surrounding tissues.

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