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Can icing, physical therapy, and injections help treat rotator cuff impingement?

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Yes. A cold pack applied 20 minutes, three times a day, can offer relief. You could also massage the area with an ice cube for 10 minutes at a time.

A physical therapist can teach you exercises to help reduce the swelling in your shoulder. They’ll also improve your strength and range of motion.

A shot of numbing medicine and steroids in your shoulder joint can ease soreness and swelling.

Most people who follow these steps see their shoulder pain improve in 3 to 6 months.

From: What Is Rotator Cuff Impingement? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Impingement Syndrome,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How To Avoid Injuries to Your Rotator Cuff: Impingement Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears.”

South Shore Hospital: “Rotator Cuff Impingement/Tendinopathy.”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/NHS Trust: “Shoulder Impingement.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 15, 2017

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SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Impingement Syndrome,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How To Avoid Injuries to Your Rotator Cuff: Impingement Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears.”

South Shore Hospital: “Rotator Cuff Impingement/Tendinopathy.”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/NHS Trust: “Shoulder Impingement.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 15, 2017

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