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Return to functional activities

Work – sedentary job:  as tolerated; manual job:  may need to modify activities for 12 weeks

Driving – 1 week

Swimming – breaststroke:  as able; freestyle:  12 weeks

Golf – 6 weeks

Racquet sports – avoid repetitive overhead shots for 12 weeks

This performed by keyhole surgery. Via a small cut at the back of the shoulder and another small cut at the side, the undersurface of the acromion is shaved to make more room for the rotator cuff tendon so it cannot jam as the arm is elevated.

Patient Information Sheet for Subcromial Decompression

Subcromial Decompression