About Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

What is it and what are your treatment options?

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What is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

The shoulder is the most mobile joint of the body. The head of the humerus (arm bone) and glenoid cavity of the scapula (shoulder blade) form the ball and socket joint. The joint is held in place by the rotator cuff tendons and the soft tissue glenoid labrum. Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is a condition where the patients have often pain related to inflammation around the rotator cuff tendon and bursa, which may be caused by poor shoulder mechanics or an abnormal anatomy, which puts them at risk for this condition.

Common Causes:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Repetitive overhead activity
  • Bone and joint abnormalities

Symptoms of shoulder impingement syndrome may include:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Pain in the¬†shoulder, arm, and neck region
  • Joint stiffness

When you arrive for your initial consultation, one of our team of shoulder specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing a shoulder impingement syndrome, The OPA Shoulder Specialist:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays or MRI

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible and then treat your underlying cause.

Common Treatments:


Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Rest & Ice

Temporarily stopping or slowing down activities that cause shoulder tendonitis gives inflammation a chance to calm down.

Physical Therapy

An OPA approved physical therapist prescribes and monitors exercises to improve your shoulder strength and flexibility.


Corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory medications provide fast-acting pain relief. Often times, injections quickly reduce symptoms while slower acting treatment options began to work.

If nonsurgical treatment options do not reduce symptoms, surgical intervention may be recommended. The team of shoulder specialists have expertise in performing minimally invasive arthroscopic decompression shoulder procedures.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating shoulder impingement syndrome.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at any of our convenient locations in Anchorage and Eagle River.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Shoulder Team

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Owen Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Robert Hall, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Christopher Manion, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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