Impingement syndrome and associated rotator cuff tears are common problems in the shoulder. This condition is caused when the rotator cuff tendons rub the underside of the acromion bone. Chronic rubbing can lead to a weakening and even tearing of the rotator cuff. Symptoms include pain, weakness and loss of motion.
Whether this procedure is done using a scope or through a small incision is dependent on the severity of the tear and the doctor’s preference. The method shown in these animations is with a scope. In the case of an arthritic acromioclavicular (AC) joint, some of the bone is removed from the end of the clavicle to create more space.