Shoulder Impingement Specialist
Shoulder impingement is the inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder joint and is common in the young and middle-aged individuals who engage in physical activities that require repeated overhead arm movements. Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non-surgical and surgical management for shoulder impingement in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball-shaped end of the upper arm bone (humerus) fits neatly into a socket, called the glenoid, which is part of the shoulder blade or scapula.
What is Shoulder Impingement?
Shoulder impingement is the inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder joint. It is one of the most common causes of pain in the shoulder. Shoulder impingement is also called swimmer's shoulder, tennis shoulder or rotator cuff tendinitis.
Causes of Shoulder Impingement
Impingement results in the young and middle-aged who engage in physical activities that require repeated overhead arm movements. The pain may be due to bursitis (inflammation of the bursa) overlying the rotator cuff or tendonitis of the cuff itself. In some circumstances, a partial tear of the rotator cuff may cause impingement pain.
When shoulder impingement is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a shoulder impingement specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with shoulder impingement in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.
Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement
Individuals with shoulder impingement may experience severe pain at rest and during activities, weakness of the arm and difficulty in raising the hand overhead.
Diagnosis of Shoulder Impingement
Diagnosis involves a physical examination where Dr. Okoroha checks the range of movement of the affected shoulder. X-rays and MRI scans may be ordered to view the injury and inflammation.
Treatment Options for Shoulder Impingement
After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.
Conservative Treatment Options for Shoulder Impingement
Shoulder impingement can be treated with rest, ice packs, anti-inflammatory drugs and avoiding activities involving the shoulder. Dr. Okoroha may advise physical therapy to strengthen the muscles, and steroid injections may be administered if pain persists.
Surgery for Shoulder Impingement
Arthroscopic surgery is recommended if the rotator cuff tendons are torn and to remove the bony spurs.
If you have experienced shoulder impingement, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic shoulder specialist treating patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.