Shoulder Impingement Syndrome - Shoulder Tendonitis
Shoulder impingement syndrome is a painful condition in the shoulder. It occurs when the tendons in the shoulder are irritated, inflamed or degenerated from repetitive overhead motions or structural abnormalities in the shoulder. Shoulder impingement syndrome is treated with activity modification, medication, and therapy. When non-surgical options fail, surgical treatment may be used to relieve symptoms and restore function.
During an open surgical repair, the surgeon makes a three or four inch incision over the shoulder to access the joint. Arthroscopic surgery is a less invasive surgical procedure. It uses an arthroscope and narrow surgical instruments that are inserted through small incisions. An arthroscope contains a lens and lighting system that allow a surgeon to view inside of a joint. The arthroscope is attached to a miniature camera. The camera allows the surgeon to view the magnified images on a video screen or take photographs and record videotape.
With arthroscopic technology, your surgeon will not need to open up your joint fully. The arthroscope can be used to remove bone spurs and excess bone. It can also be used to repair torn tissues.