An Overview of Shoulder Impingement Treatment
The rotator cuff is a sophisticated structure within the shoulder joint composed of four muscle-tendon units. The structure is responsible for connecting the humerus (upper arm bone) to the scapula (shoulder blade) and plays a critical role in shoulder function and mobility. As the muscles of the rotator cuff ascend from the scapula and attach to the humerus, they travel underneath a portion of the scapula, commonly known as the acromium. The bursal sac in this area can become inflamed and irritated in certain patients, usually from repetitive overuse or an injury to the shoulder joint. Patients in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California communities experiencing severe subacromial bursitis or rotator cuff impingement (pinching) may be candidates for a surgical shoulder impingement treatment. Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, specializes in a surgical treatment designed to treat an inflamed bursa, known as subacromial decompression.
What is Subacromial Decompression?
Dr. Yau performs subacromial decompression through a minimally invasive, arthroscopic approach. An arthroscope and special surgical instruments are utilized to remove the inflamed bursa and tissue in between the acromion and rotator cuff tendons. During the same procedure, Dr. Yau may remove bone spurs or other abnormalities that may be impinging on the rotator cuff.