What is Shoulder Arthritis?
Shoulder arthritis is a condition that results in pain and loss of motion and function in the shoulder as a result of degeneration of the cartilage and other structures of the shoulder.
How is shoulder arthritis diagnosed?
History, physical examination, and x-rays are the primary means of diagnosis of shoulder arthritis. Occasionally, a CT scan or an MRI is needed to confirm the diagnosis or to help select the best treatment. Patients with shoulder arthritis often have pain and/or weakness of the affected shoulder.
How is shoulder arthritis treated?
Nonsurgical treatment: The first steps of treating arthritis are always non-operative. Options include physical or occupational therapy, activity modification, and anti- inflammatory medications. Injections of medication into the shoulder joint can also be very helpful in reducing arthritis symptoms.
Surgical treatment: When nonoperative treatment fails, joint replacement surgery can be very effective for treating shoulder arthritis. Shoulder replacements have advanced a great deal in recent years and are a good option for patients who have exhausted other means of treatment. Dr. Rose performs the following types of shoulder replacements:
- Total Shoulder arthroplasty
- Reverse Shoulder arthroplasty
- Shoulder resurfacing arthroplasty
Which treatment should I select?
Each patient requires individual assessment of their symptoms prior to deciding the optimal treatment. Dr. Rose has experience with all the above techniques and can provide an assessment and explanation of the options available to you. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. Shoulder Arthritis: