The entrapment neuropathy around the shoulder is a peripheral nerve injury that occurs in patients who are into sports and other occupational activities. The patient who is suffering from this injury will suffer from pain, weakness or paresthesias in the absence of a known bone, bone tissue or a vascular injury.
The symptoms can start off being acute but in some cases, can gradually worsen.
Some of the nerves in the shoulders that are affected by this are:
The doctors would prefer a non-surgical treatment before opting for a surgical treatment. Some of the non-surgical treatments include:
The doctors might suggest continuing the non-surgical treatment for three to six months.
The doctors will resort to surgical treatment when the non-surgical treatment turns out to be ineffective. The surgery’s main aim would be the decompression of the nerve. In the case of the suprascapular nerve compression, the nerve might be decompressed by excising the transverse suprascapular ligament and freeing the nerve at the suprascapular notch, where the compression usually happens.
It is usually done by arthroscopy or keyhole surgery. The doctor makes couple of tiny incisions and insert an Arthroscope. The doctor will use this camera to get a good view of the compression region. The doctor will then insert thin specialized surgical instruments through the incisions and the arthroscope is used to guide them to the compression spot and then perform the surgery, this is called endoscopic nerve release surgery .