Subacromial impingement

This condition is caused by spurs of bone forming on the acromion which causes abrasion of the tendon and the bursa producing pain when raising the arm. Pain is often felt over the cape of the shoulder and upper arm and is particularly noticeable at night. Pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication can reduce pain in conjunction with physiotherapy to strengthen muscles. Steriod injections can also help to reduce inflammation. Athroscopic subacromial decompression is a keyhole surgical technique which can be performed to remove bone spurs to treat this condition.

More posts

Blog posts

  • Sciatica

      What is sciatica? Sciatica is a term used to describe any kind of pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is comprised of several nerves that branch out from each side of the lower spine. These nerves merge together to form the sciatic nerve, which runs through the […]

  • Whiplash

    What is whiplash? Whiplash is a type of neck injury caused by a sudden unexpected backward and/or forward jerking movement of the head, resulting in damage to the soft tissues (e.g. muscles, ligaments, discs, nerves) of the neck. Although whiplash is most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, it can also be caused by other […]

  • Hand Therapist Receives Royal Recognition

    Katherine Butler is the hand therapist for The London Orthopaedic Clinic and is based at King Edward VII’s Hospital. She was presented to HRH The Prince of Wales at The Royal Society of Musicians as he opened the Society’s new building in London. Katherine is an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL and Plymouth University and […]