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The physicians at AOKC are highly regarded for the treatment of the entire spectrum of shoulder conditions, including athletic shoulder injuries, “Impingement syndrome” and rotator cuff injuries, arthritis, stiff, painful shoulders, and traumatic injuries. Contact AOKC today to schedule an appointment with your Houston shoulder doctor.
The labrum is a soft tissue “bumper” in the shoulder that stabilizes the ball (the humeral head) in the socket (the glenoid) and serves as the attachment of the biceps tendon. Shoulder dislocations may cause the labrum to pull off from the front of the glenoid (Bankart tear). Labral tears at the attachment of the biceps tendon at the top of the labrum are called SLAP tears.
Impingement syndrome is not an injury that one should “play through” and ignore. Once identified, the treatment involves rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Once resolved, specific exercises are used for the rotator cuff, followed by gradual resumption of the initiating activity, (whether it’s sports or house painting).
While this treatment cures a majority of impingement patients, some may require more aggressive measures. This may include injections of anti-inflammatory medication into the area of tendon “impingement”. Physical therapy is also used to teach proper use of the shoulder and rehabilitate the rotator cuff. If all else fails, the final step is arthroscopic surgery to eliminate the area of pinching or “impingement”.
In short, the key to prevention is moderation. Remember that with “overuse” syndromes, you won’t feel the problem right away. One may think everything is great until symptoms begin a day or two later. Don’t try to “play through” or “work out” shoulder overuse, as you may produce further damage. Finally, if there is no response to rest and non-prescription anti-inflammatory, seek help before a simple problem gets serious.