Impingement - Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Physical examination by your doctor will include a neck examination as well as a thorough shoulder examination.  Your doctor may watch your shoulder blades as they move to see if they are moving in a coordinated fashion.  X-rays are usually obtained during an initial visit with your doctor.


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Nonsurgical treatment consists of rest/activity modification, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy.  If these do not relieve the symptoms, a steroid injection may be considered.  Surgical treatment is usually only necessary when there is partial rotator cuff tear that is not responding to conservative treatment or when there is a complete rotator cuff tear.

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