What is meant by arthroscopic shoulder decompression for subacromial pain?
Shoulder pain is a common symptom for which there are a variety of causes. One of these is the condition called shoulder impingement. In this condition, a bursa (which is a fluid filled pad that lies around the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder) becomes inflamed. As the bursa also sits under the acromion bone (the bony arch at the top edge of the shoulder), when the arm is lifted, the bursa becomes trapped and pinched (the acromion bone impinges upon the bursa), causing pain. Therefore, it is referred to as subacromial pain. Decompression is a clinical term for a type of surgery (surgery is undertaken to release the pressure caused by the acromion bone on the bursa/fluid filled pad). This condition can impact not only upon the wellbeing of the individual patient but also on their capacity to carry out daily tasks and to work.