Subacromial decompression is a minimally invasive procedure for treatment of an impinged tendon in the rotator cuff of the shoulder. Prior to surgery, patients experience pain when the bones and tendons of the shoulder rub against each other as the arm is raised. Commonly caused by overuse, subacromial impingement is a compound injury which affects the soft tissues of the shoulder and rotator cuff.
- Pain or discomfort
- Burning of tingling sensation
- Limited range of motion
Conservative treatments include physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. If the patient finds no relief surgical decompression, the relieving of pressure of the tendons in the rotator cuff, may be recommended.
Patients who undergo subacromial decompression generally make a full recovery in four to six weeks. Shoulder stabilization is critical to full healing. Physical therapy is recommended in order to build strength and restore full range of motion.
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