Do you have a painful shoulder? Waking up with shoulder pain or a “dead arm” in the morning?
Paavlova et al in 2020 concluded that after 5years, surgery and exercise therapy yielded the same result.
Up to 70% of patients who suffer from shoulder pain without a traumatic injury are diagnosed with shoulder impingement or subacromial pain. Due to this, arthroscopic subacromial decompression (SAD) is the most common form of shoulder surgery.
Recent systematic reviews have concluded that this surgery DOES NOT improve pain or function of a painful shoulder when compared to a sham surgery or exercise therapy. Due to this, the best practice clinical guidelines make a strong recommendation against surgery.