How is Swimmer’s Shoulder Treated?
Treatment for shoulder impingement is typically non-surgical. Dr. Mazzara will offer this treatment first to see if healing can be promoted through conservative measures. Through rest, diminished use of the injured joint-for a determined period-and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) the pain and inflammation from the injury can be minimized. Dr. Mazzara will then prescribe physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles and tendons of the shoulder joint. When patients are experiencing constant pain, Dr. Mazzara can inject a corticosteroid drug into the bursa (sac of fluid within the shoulder joint) which can act as a powerful local anti-inflammatory, can promote healing and often alleviates pain more effectively than NSAIDs.
On occasion, the more conservative methods of treating shoulder impingent does not eliminate shoulder pain and Dr. Mazzara may recommend arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive and is performed by making several small incisions in the shoulder. A small camera is placed and special surgical instruments help to examine the shoulder for tears and/or bone spurs. Bone spurs and any other irregularities are removed, allowing the tendons to avoid being pinched. This type of surgery allows for more rapid healing and a quick return to normal activities.
For more information on shoulder impingement, or to see a shoulder specialist, please contact Dr. James Mazzara’s orthopedic office, Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford Connecticut communities.