Older Shoulders: Robert J. Nowinski, D.O, FAOAO


As the shoulder joint wears out, we’ll typically see wearing of the cartilage on the ball and socket joint. That typical arthritis pattern will progressively get worse over time and as it gets worse, it will cause stiffness, weakness, and loss of motion, and an eventual loss of function of the shoulder. 

We see it also in the rotator cuff tendon. The rotator cuff tendon is a very common area in the body to gradually wear out and degenerate and tear. Once it structurally tears, it causes pain, weakness, and loss of overhead motion of the shoulder joint. That’s when we typically intervene as an orthopedic surgeon.

Subacromial Impingement Syndrome

Subacromial Impingement Syndrome

Subacromial Impingement SyndromeThe shoulder joint is the most mobile joint of the body. The anatomical relationship between the humerus (arm bone) and the glenoid of the scapula (the shoulder blade) is a ball and socket joint. However, unlike the hip joint, which...

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