Subacromial decompression surgery for adults with should pain does not provide additional results over non-operative treatment.

Subacromial decompression surgery is a commonly performed procedure for a relatively common problem in adults.

In the past 40-50 years this problem has frustrated patients and those treating them. A commonly used and performed procedure is shoulder subacromial decompression, today usually done arthroscopically. This is different than other shoulder procedures such as rotator cuff tear.

Results of continuing investigations into this procedure now indicate that while “somewhat” helpful this surgery when considered with the “problems” and “inconveniencies” of surgery is not be a very good option for most patients.

Subacromial decompression surgery for adults with shoulder pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis

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