Shoulder arthritis is a general condition that describes damage to the cartilage in one of the shoulder joints.
The glenohumeral joint is the joint that connects your upper arm bone (humerus) to your shoulder blade in an area called the glenoid. Both bones are covered with cartilage. Shoulder arthritis often refers to damage to the cartilage in the glenohumeral shoulder joint.
The AC joint is where the collar bone (clavicle) meets the acromion. When arthritis develops here, it is often referred to as AC joint arthritis.
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There are several different types and causes of shoulder arthritis. Below you will find a detailed list of the most common ones.
Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative joint disease. It is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis develops over time through wear and tear.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system attacks healthy cells. When they attack the lining of your joint, arthritis symptoms may develop.
Post-traumatic arthritis can occur after an injury, such as a shoulder dislocation or fracture.
Rotator cuff tear arthropathy is a condition that can develop if you have had a massive and prolonged rotator cuff tear. You have four rotator cuff tendons in your shoulder. They support the shoulder joint by wrapping around the ball portion of the shoulder joint. If you had significant damage to one or more of the tendons, the humeral head can rub against other bones in the shoulder and develop arthritis.
Avascular necrosis is a condition that develops when the blood supply to an area of the body is disrupted. As a result, the area dies. This process can happen to your humeral head after a traumatic injury or disease. As the bone collapses, it becomes uneven, causing arthritis.
There are a few symptoms associated with arthritis of the shoulder, which may include the following:
Your doctor will begin the diagnosis of shoulder arthritis with a physical exam. They will also consult your medical history to discover if past problems may have contributed to the arthritis.
You may also be sent for image tests, like an X-ray or CT scan, to determine the degree of arthritis or if you have psoriatic arthritis of the shoulder.
There are several ways to treat arthritis of the shoulder. The treatment methods will depend on the severity of arthritis. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain and maintain mobility in the shoulder.
Our orthopedic surgeons at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow can tailor a treatment program that will best suit your needs.
The initial treatment for shoulder arthritis will begin with non-surgical options. Some of these methods may include the following:
If non-surgical treatments no longer provide pain relief, you may need shoulder surgery. The treatment will depend on your age, the severity of the arthritis, and the type of arthritis. The following treatments may be recommended, if necessary:
Consulting an arthritis specialist can help you find solutions for chronic pain. It may also help you resume some of your everyday activities.
At Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, we offer professional treatment for shoulder arthritis. Our specialists will assess your condition to identify suitable treatment methods. We will then provide personalized therapy options and recommend exercises to help restore your range of motion.
Contact Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow now if you need arthritis treatment in Marietta or Atlanta, GA. We are ready to give you the quality care you deserve!
Randall Alexander, MD