New research published this week shows keyhole surgery on shoulder impingement is useless. and unnecessary. Shoulder impingement is one of the most common diagnosis of shoulder pain and one of the most common surgical procedures in the western world.
Also known as subacromial impingement, painful arc syndrome, supraspinatus syndrome, swimmer’s shoulder, and thrower’s shoulder. This clinical syndrome occurs when tendons located around the ball and socket (rotator cuff) become inflamed.
Symptoms include weakness of the arm, loss of movement and pain.
Some people experience grinding or a popping sensation when moving their shoulders. While others describe it as a dull ache which lasts for long periods of time.
14% of people in the UK suffer with shoulder impingement. With a massive 21,000 impingement surgeries performed each year in the UK. (10 times that of the US!)
Treatments for shoulder pain
With many treatments such as anti-inflammatories and steroid injections to suppress the pain of shoulder impingement, the last resort is surgery.
An operation called subacromial decompression can be performed when all other treatments have been explored. However, long debated arguments have driven us to the new conclusion that this is an unnecessary surgery.
Physiotherapy is known to be more beneficial than surgery.
Teamed up with steroid injections, physio improves the physical function of the shoulder.
Also, exercises prescribed by your physio can help build strength in the area for longer term relief from shoulder impingement.
If you want more information or treatments for your shoulder pain then get in touch with us at Freedom Clinics, for expert advice and care.