The most common type of shoulder arthritis is called osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. This is caused when the joint cartilage is worn away after years of use. Shoulder arthritis typically affects patients over the age of 50, particularly those who have a history of shoulder injury.
Symptoms of Shoulder Arthritis
Shoulder arthritis is often characterized by a deep, aching shoulder pain. Patients may also experience swelling, tenderness, stiffness, and limited mobility.
As the disease progresses, patients may feel pain when they move their shoulder and may have trouble sleeping at night.
Treatment for Shoulder Arthritis
An orthopedic specialist at BayCare Clinic will conduct a physical examination and may order x-rays to determine if you have arthritis in your shoulder.
Nonsurgical treatment options include rest and/or modifying your activities, physical therapy, heat or ice compresses, anti-inflammatory medication, and dietary supplements.
If nonsurgical methods do not reduce your pain, surgical options are available. This typically includes a total or partial shoulder replacement.
If your shoulder arthritis is combined with a rotator cuff tear, your surgeon may recommend a revolutionary new procedure called a reverse shoulder replacement. Approved by the FDA in 2004, BayCare Clinic was the first provider in Northeast Wisconsin to offer this innovative therapy.
The goal of any treatment plan is to reduce pain, improve mobility, and reduce the likelihood of further injury. As our patient, you will receive individualized care designed to return you to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
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