Arthroscopic suprascapular nerve decompression

Rachel Harrison, David Lutton, Frances Cuomo

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1 Scopus citations


Suprascapular neuropathy is a relatively uncommon cause of shoulder pain, but when it does occur, it can cause significant pain and dysfunction of the shoulder. Suprascapular neuropathy commonly occurs with additional shoulder pathology making the diagnosis more elusive. The suprascapular nerve is vulnerable to insult at multiple points in its path and the injury can be static or dynamic. Identifying the location of the injury through history, physical exam, and diagnostic testing will allow for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Open decompression can provide reliable results, but arthroscopic decompression allows for the identification and treatment of concomitant shoulder pathology, including a massive rotator cuff tear or ganglion cyst. Arthroscopic treatment can provide reliable pain relief, whereas regaining function can be less predictable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMinimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319341095
ISBN (Print)9783319341071
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomy and function
  • Arthroscopic suprascapular nerve decompression
  • Dynamic lesions
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Outcomes
  • Pathophysiology
  • Patient history
  • Physical exam
  • Static lesions
  • Suprascapular neuropathy
  • Surgical indications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Harrison, R., Lutton, D., & Cuomo, F. (2016). Arthroscopic suprascapular nerve decompression. In Minimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics (pp. 173-180). Springer International Publishing.