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would a cortisone injection be solution for shoulder impingement syndrome?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 48 years experience
Yes: Many shoulder impingement sypmtoms are due to dys-synchronization of the shoulder muscles. See a pt or physical medicine doc to get more guidance. This rehabilitation is very slow but well worth the effort. Cortisone injections work well for certain type of bursitis involving the shoulder but work best in combination with therapy as above.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Quite often: A steroid injection is a very common cure for shoulder impingement syndrome. Some times oral steroids, nsaid's and physical therapy are also needed. Probably the most important thing is time. This typically take 6-12 weeks to resolve once treatment begins. Ice and activity modification, in combination with the above treatment modalities, often solves this problem. If not, MRI may be needed.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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