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Orthopedic Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Getting to the Root of your Problem

Your shoulder consists of a network of tendons, muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint. When your rotator cuff or the bursa that surround it become irritated, it can restrict your range of motion. This condition is known as orthopedic shoulder impingement syndrome, and it is one of the most common causes of pain in your shoulder.

If left untreated, the condition can cause inflammation of the tendons and bursa around the rotator cuff, respectively known as tendonitis and bursitis. Eventually, the tendons can become worn and end up tearing. At miVIP Las Vegas, our orthopedic specialists perform minimally invasive surgeries that can help resolve shoulder issues and restore your range of motion.

By the Numbers

As you age, the cartilage in your joints naturally undergoes wear and tear. As a result, it is common for people older than 40 to suffer from either weakness in the shoulder or even a limited range of moment. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, at least one in four people older than 60 will suffer a complete tear around the rotator cuff.

Causes of the Condition

There are a few things that can cause orthopedic shoulder impingement syndrome, including:

  • Bone shape that limits your joint’s mobility
  • Bone spurs
  • Injuries to the shoulder
  • Repeatedly using your shoulder for overhead activities

To minimize the risk of the condition, you can stretch your shoulders before doing any strenuous activity. It is important to note, however, that the syndrome is not always preventable.

Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

People who have issues with shoulder impingement typically report having pain and swelling around the joint. The pain is typically worst when the arm is either extended or lifted. Other symptoms include:

  • A locking or grinding sensation in the shoulder
  • Pressure
  • Weakness

Options for Treatment

After going over your symptoms with a physician, they may first recommend noninvasive treatment methods. If those do not resolve the issue, you may be a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy surgery. At miVIP, our surgeons perform minimally invasive surgeries that utilize an arthroscopic camera to closely view the joint and repair the issues. This type of procedure involves smaller incisions, which means your recovery is quicker and you are less likely to contract an infection.


If you have orthopedic shoulder impingement syndrome, it is important to treat it as soon as possible, as leaving it untreated typically only means more pain and limited movement. Through meeting with a physician early, you can mitigate the risks for further injuring yourself and finding relief soon.

Contact Us Today

Our team at miVIP is ready to help treat your shoulder issues through our minimally invasive procedures. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified surgeons to discuss your orthopedic shoulder impingement syndrome: 877.956.2263.

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