Shoulder Impingement: Surgery often not the answer

Research in the clinical journal of sports medicine suggests that surgical interventions for subacromial impingement syndrome do not reveal one surgical technique to be better than another, nor do they show that surgery is superior in any way to conservative interventions.1

Further data in the medical journal Arthroscopy shows, when young athletes have arthroscopic stabilization surgery, it must be emphasized to the patients and their families that the recurrence rate following arthroscopic procedures is higher in young people than in the adult population.2


Chronic shoulder instability and disclocation

Traumatic shoulder dislocation is a frequent injury in the sports population. An acute shoulder dislocation often means a one time traumatic episode, whereas chronic shoulder instability indicates frequent dislocations.

Following an initial shoulder dislocation, doctors will debate whether or not to perform a surgery to prevent recurrence. If the patient in under 30 years of age, shoulder surgery is typically recommended because younger athletes are much more prone to repeated dislocations than older athletes.