Considering An Alternative to Subacromial Decompression Surgery?

You’d think that if you had been recommended shoulder surgery for subacromial ‘impingement’ pain that it would prove to be of superior benefit over and above all other treatment options. Makes sense, right? I mean, you’d think so wouldn’t you? But does it?   Does surgery provide superior outcomes to specific shoulder physiotherapy for subacromial ‘impingement’ pain?   Well, let’s see what the evidence that is freely available suggests… You’ll have to excuse my lack of Australian patient data but to illustrate my point I am using data from the NHS in the England. In the 2001, there were 2523 … Continue reading

How to Survive Shoulder Surgery

Getting the best out of your shoulder surgery doesn’t happen by accident. Whether you’ve undergone a subacromial decompression, rotator cuff repair or arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation, there are many factors that have to come together to increase your potential for a great post surgical result.   Some of the most important factors are: The quality of your tissue – poor quality tissue may lead to repair failure The size of the tear – larger tear size may lead to repair failure Your biological health status or ability to heal (e.g. smoking negatively affects your tissues ability to heal) Your ability to … Continue reading