What is Shoulder Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the bones and soft tissues of the joints which causes the bones within the shoulder to rub together. While most people have heard of Knee Arthritis and Hip Arthritis, Osteoarthritis within the shoulder is also very common and can cause pain and symptoms similar to Knee and Hip Arthritis. Shoulder Osteoarthritis 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 Osteoarthritis in its early stages can prevent pain and symptoms from getting worse. At OSS Health, our Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons have helped thousands of patients with Shoulder Osteoarthritis live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.
Treatment Options for Shoulder Arthritis
Shoulder Osteoarthritis is usually effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options. The specialists at OSS Health 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 OSS Health are experts at performing both Total Shoulder Replacements and Reverse Shoulder Replacements.