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Impingement syndrome


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Natural History

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Patient History and Physical Findings

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Imaging and other Diagnostic Studies

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Differential Diagnosis

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Medical therapy
Nonoperative treatment

Evidence for Non-Operative Treatment

  • Morrison et al (JBJS AM, 1997) used PT and medication for 6 weeks consisting of ER/IR exercises and deltoid exercises reporting overall success rate of 67%.  Symptoms less than 4 weeks 78%, 1-6 months 63%, greater than 6 months 67%.
  • Brox et al (JSES, 1999) randomly assigned patients for PT, arthroscopy, and placebo.  Surgery, PT, and placebo yielded 68%, 61%, and 25% execellent to good results. 

Operative treatment - include links to pages with detailed surgical techniques
Indications and contraindications

Pearls and Pitfalls

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Postoperative Care

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Selected References

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