Impingement Syndrome Treatment in West Bloomfield, MI

Impingement Syndrome

What is Impingement Syndrome?

Impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons and other structures that comprise the rotator cuff, which connects the shoulder with the upper arm bone, become inflamed and thickened. The repetitive injury may cause this to the rotator cuff by repeatedly raising the arm above shoulder height, or it may be caused by a traumatic injury, such as falling onto an outstretched arm.

Conventional Treatment for Impingement Syndrome

The most common impingement syndrome treatment is a six- to eight-week course of oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. NSAIDs work by blocking certain enzymes in the body that produce prostaglandins, a family of chemicals that cause inflammation. Always consult a doctor first before taking these medications for an extended period because they can cause stomach irritation, and, in some cases, ulcers and bleeding.

If your symptoms persist, despite the use of oral NSAIDs, your doctor may recommend a cortisone injection.

Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication, which can provide significant pain relief, but should be used when necessary because it can cause serious side effects, including the weakening of muscles and tendons if used repeatedly.

Syndrome Treatment

Chiropractic Treatment for Impingement Syndrome

Chiropractic impingement syndrome treatment is non-invasive, does not have the undesirable side-effects of medications, and takes a natural, holistic approach to relieving your pain. Unlike medications, chiropractic care treats the underlying cause, not just the symptoms, of your shoulder impingement syndrome.

During your initial visit, your chiropractor will take a detailed medical history and perform a thorough physical examination. Tests such as X-rays or MRI scans may be required to determine the precise cause of your symptoms and what the most effective course of treatment will be. The number of treatments will depend on the nature and severity of the condition and how long you have been suffering from it.

Chiropractors use a variety of gentle manipulation and massage techniques to restore proper function and mobility of the shoulder, thereby alleviating pain. Other modalities, such as low-level laser or ultrasound treatment may be used, as well. Your chiropractor may recommend daily stretching or other exercises to relieve pain and restore mobility.

Once the pain has subsided, further treatments will help stabilize the shoulder and prevent recurrences of the problem. In addition, your chiropractor will likely suggest a long-term exercise program to help you remain pain-free and improve your overall well-being.

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