Arthritis can affect any joint, and the shoulder is a good example. Being active with an injured or arthritic shoulder is often hard for patients due to the pain and lack of mobility it causes. It hurts to move in any direction, up, down, or sideways. It becomes debilitating as it progresses usually after age 50. If you have this disease, keep reading for your guide to shoulder arthritis treatment.
Arthritis means joint inflammation, and a joint is a place where two bones meet. The common symptoms of arthritis are pain, swelling, redness, and warmth.
The five most common types of arthritis that affect the shoulder include:
Your orthopedist will assess your shoulder joint via X-rays, blood tests, MRI scans, and/or removing fluid in the joint to determine the diagnosis.
Once arthritis is diagnosed, a series of conservative treatments will commence.
Conservative treatment can include rest, over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds, physical therapy, range-of-motion exercises, moist heat applied to the joint, ice for 20 minutes 2 or 3 times per day, plus prescription medications or injections of corticosteroids.
If these non-surgical treatments don’t prove successful, surgery may be recommended.
These three are common surgical treatments for arthritis.
Total Shoulder Joint Replacement with an artificial joint.
Hemiarthroplasty, or replacement of the head of humerus or upper arm bone.
Resection Arthroplasty, or removal of small piece of the end of the collar bone.
It is important you speak with a shoulder expert to determine which treatment is right for you.
Contact Weirton Medical Center if you suspect shoulder arthritis and want an evaluation, tests, and suggested available treatments. You don’t have to live in pain.