Common shoulder operation lacks evidence
Subacromial decompression is no better than diagnostic arthroscopy for treating shoulder impingement, according to a Finnish study.
As many as 70% of patients with shoulder pain have shoulder impingement syndrome, which is commonly treated by arthroscopic subacromial decompression (ASD) of the passage of the rotator-cuff tendon.
Although this is one of the most frequently performed orthopaedic procedures in the world, it remains uncertain whether it actually benefits patients.
Researchers from Helsinki University Hospital assessed