Are you struggling with shoulder pain or limited range of motion? Shoulder impingement is a common condition that can significantly affect range of motion and ability to perform daily pain-free activities. Dr. Michael Bercik, a distinguished orthopedic surgeon near Reading, PA,  specializing in shoulder conditions, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from shoulder impingement. With a deep understanding of the complexities of shoulder mechanics and a commitment to personalized patient care, Dr. Bercik is dedicated to helping you find relief from pain and restore function to your shoulders.

What is Shoulder Impingement?

Shoulder Impingement Specialist Reading, PAShoulder impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space, the narrow passage beneath the acromion. This can lead to pain, swelling, and reduced shoulder mobility.

Causes of Shoulder Impingement

The primary cause of shoulder impingement is the narrowing of the subacromial space, which increases pressure on the rotator cuff tendons. This can result from various factors, including:

  • Repetitive Overhead Activities: Continuous overhead motion can lead to inflammation and swelling of the tendons, reducing the subacromial space.
  • Bone Spurs: Osteophytes or bone spurs on the acromion can reduce the space for the rotator cuff tendons, leading to impingement.
  • Muscle Weakness: Weakness in the shoulder muscles can lead to instability and misalignment, increasing the risk of impingement.
  • Aging: Degenerative changes in the shoulder can narrow the subacromial space over time.

Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement

Symptoms of shoulder impingement typically include:

  • Pain: Often felt when lifting the arm overhead or lowering the arm from an elevated position.
  • Swelling and Tenderness: In the front of the shoulder and the side of the arm.
  • Reduced Range of Motion: Difficulty and discomfort when reaching behind the back or performing overhead activities.
  • Weakness: In the shoulder muscles, affecting the ability to carry objects or perform daily tasks.

Treatment Options

Dr. Bercik offers a comprehensive approach to treating shoulder impingement, tailored to the severity of the condition and the patient’s needs and goals.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Many cases of shoulder impingement can be effectively managed without surgery:

  • Physical Therapy: Specific exercises can strengthen shoulder muscles, improve flexibility, and restore range of motion while reducing impingement symptoms.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Corticosteroid Injections: These may be recommended to decrease inflammation and provide pain relief in more severe cases.

Surgical Treatments

When non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief, or if the impingement is severe, Dr. Bercik may recommend surgery:

  • Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression: This minimally invasive procedure involves removing inflamed bursa tissue and any bone spurs, enlarging the subacromial space to allow for smoother tendon movement.
  • Rotator Cuff Repair: If the impingement has caused a rotator cuff tear, arthroscopic surgery may be necessary to repair the torn tendon.

Work with Dr. Bercik Today!

Shoulder impingement is a condition that requires expert care to properly diagnose and treat effectively. Dr. Michael Bercik’s shoulder impingement specialist expertise provides patients in Reading, PA, access to advanced diagnostic tools, personalized treatment plans, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes. With a focus on relieving pain and restoring function, Dr. Bercik is here to help you return to your daily activities and enjoy a life free from shoulder pain. To start recovering today, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Michael Bercik at 717.560.4200 or request an appointment online.