One of the most common conditions affecting the shoulder is subacromical impingement. The rotator cuff rubs up against the undersurface of the acromion, or the shoulder blade, and can become very inflamed. As this condition progresses, the rotator cuff can become frayed or partially torn. Bone spurs or osteophytes can form on the shoulder blade, which make this condition worse. In some cases, an arthroscopic decompression, or “clean out” may be needed. In most cases, however, Dr. Bushnell is able to treat impingement successfully with medication, injections, and physical therapy.
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