Shoulder Impingement Treatment Overview

The rotator cuff is a vital structure found within the shoulder joint that is composed of four muscle-tendon units. The rotator cuff is responsible for helping stabilize the shoulder and for allowing overhead arm movements. As the muscles that compose the rotator cuff travel to their attachment sites on the humerus (upper arm bone), they go underneath the acromium, a portion of the scapula. The bursal tissue in this area can become irritated and inflamed and lead to bursitis from overuse. Subacromial impingement can also occur from overuse or the natural aging process, often leading to shoulder pain and weakness. Arthroscopic subacromial decompression, a surgical shoulder impingement treatment, is offered by Dr. Jonathan Ticker in geo area patients affected by bursitis or impingement.

The motion that occurs underneath the acromium can create a great amount of friction. Consequently, there is a bursal sac located in this area to help minimize friction so patients do not experience pain and other unwanted symptoms. When the bursa becomes irritated and inflamed from repetitive overuse, bursitis is typically diagnosed by Dr. Ticker. Many patients may also develop spurs on the acromium’s underside from overuse or aging. The spurs cause subacromial impingement because of the narrowing space available for the rotator cuff.

Patients are encouraged to contact Dr. Ticker at the onset of symptoms to determine the appropriate shoulder impingement treatment. If left untreated, patients are at an increased risk of a rotator cuff tear that will require extensive surgery and rehabilitation.

Arthroscopic subacromial decompression, a surgical shoulder impingement treatment, is designed to remove any bone spurs present within the joint, as well as the inflamed bursal sac. If any other degenerative portions of the acromium are found, they will also be removed during the same procedure.

Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression Recovery and Rehabilitation

Patients will be required to wear a sling or similar device for a predetermined amount of time following arthroscopic subacromial decompression. Even though the repaired arm is protected in a sling, Dr. Ticker will prescribe active range of motion exercises fairly quickly. Patients will then be progressed through a detailed physical therapy program until full range of motion is restored.

Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression Recovery Time

Many patients can expect a full recovery at about two months after the surgical shoulder impingement treatment.

For more information on arthroscopic subacromial decompression, a surgical shoulder impingement treatment, please contact Dr. Jonathan Ticker, orthopedic surgeon and shoulder specialist proudly serving the greater geo area.