Is it successful to have surgery of shoulder impingement? Even if it always is, is it always necessary? When faced with shoulder impingement it can raise many questions for you including whether you should get the surgery or not.
This article explores the condition leading up to the need for surgery and whether or not it is successful.
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
This condition occurs when a person finds that they have trouble or difficulty reaching upward behind the back or they feel pain and weakness in their shoulders for long periods of time. When the pain continues for a long time it is often indicating that the tendon has torn into two and become a rotator cuff tear.
The impingement can be mild wherein it only causes common shoulder pain. When the shoulder muscles are used a lot such as in sports like tennis, swimming, and painting, the condition can become chronic and the impingement so bad that the only recourse recommended by a doctor is surgery.
The surgery would be recommended to keep shoulder joints from deteriorating and causing damage to the bones. Most people will elect to get the surgery to stop the pain. It can make everyday activities like putting on a coat extremely painful.
If the impingement is left to continue it can result in inflammation of the tendons also known as the rotator cuffs. This can lead to bursitis and even a tear in the cuff itself. This situation almost always requires immediate attention.
Success of the Surgery
If you have been diagnosed with this condition and your doctor is telling you to get surgery you could be wondering if the surgery will help at all. In almost every case, and some studies have been published to prove this, there is a high rate of success. This refers to the subacromial decompression according to one study published online. The pain, however, may persist even after the surgical process is complete.
This is something to bear in mind if you work out or do sports where you use a lot of shoulder movements. Before your shoulders give in to chronic pain, you should take good care to stretch them and rest when necessary. Also, work with your doctor to do necessary tests if the pain becomes problematic. There is a chance you can reverse the condition after being diagnosed and not need surgery after all.
If you have already been recommended for surgery know that the results should be satisfactory. The pain you will feel, if any, following the procedure will be minimal.
Use the appropriate strength exercises in the meantime to prevent a rotator cuff tear. Doing these keep the cuff from tearing and impinging. You can work with a physical therapist to achieve a pain-free shoulder or you can also do your own exercises to relieve the pain.
Sometimes cortisone shots are also effective as forms of treatment that do not necessitate surgery. Remember that even if you do have to go for the surgery, chances are your surgery will be successful.