What is it and how is it treated?
What is Shoulder Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes inflammation (swelling) and damage to the shoulder joint which causes pain, stiffness, and loss of movement. While most people have heard of knee and hip arthritis, arthritis within the shoulder is also very common and can cause pain and symptoms similar to knee and hip arthritis. Shoulder arthritis often affects the older population but can also be the result of a prior shoulder injury or repeated dislocations of the shoulder.
The shoulder is what is known as a “ball and socket” joint and osteoarthritis in the shoulder can cause the ball and socket to grind together and damage the joint.
If you have osteoarthritis of the shoulder the common symptoms can include:
- Swelling after activity
- Stiffness when lifting your arm above your head
- Decreased range of motion in the shoulder
Symptoms may range from very mild to severe but treating shoulder arthritis in its early stages can prevent pain and symptoms from getting worse. At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons have helped thousands of patients with shoulder arthritis live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.
Treatment Options for Arthritis of the Shoulder
Shoulder arthritis is usually effectively treated in its mild and moderate stages using non-surgical treatment options. The specialists at OrthoNeuro create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals. These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Activity modification
Surgery is only recommended if shoulder arthritis does not respond to non-surgical treatment options. The Board Certified Joint Replacement Specialists at OrthoNeuro are experts at performing both Total Shoulder Replacements and Reverse Total Shoulder Replacements.
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Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of shoulder arthritis should not delay a diagnosis. The decision of what treatments are best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel are best.
- If you have been suffering the symptoms of shoulder arthritis, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
- Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
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