is one of the most common conditions of the shoulders. There are three types of arthritis in the shoulder:
occurs in every joint of the body. It is typically a wear and tear disease that is characterized by gradual
wearing of the cartilage of the shoulder joint. The cartilage acts as a suspension system of the joint and
absorbs most of the impact. If this suspension system is dysfunctional, the joint would deteriorate and becomes
inflamed. This condition frequently occurs in elderly people, and on occasions result in overuse in
Traumatic Arthritis comes about after a traumatic force is sustained by the joint, thereby demolishing the
cartilage. It is commonly occurs after a car accident or any other repeated trauma.
Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own soft tissue and therefore destroys the soft
tissue of the shoulder joint.
One of the
major symptoms of shoulder arthritis is pain. Since, there is a lack of cartilage protecting the joints, the
bones would tend to grind against each other because of the lack of cushioning. The most severe pain is present
in front of the shoulder and during shoulder range of motion.
it’s very painful, the shoulder we be used less and people would often experience moderate to severe stiffness
(may last for several years), unable to apply pressure on the shoulder joint (especially when sleeping on the
affected shoulder) and weakness.
is fairly easy and quick. MRI or X-Ray scans are usually done to confirm diagnosis.
goal of treatment is to reduce pain as much as possible while maintaining range of motion and strength. Pain can
be controlled by pain medications prescribed by your local General Practitioner, and cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is
special type of treatment whereby, cold compression pack is applied onto the shoulder.
deterioration of the cartilage can be prevented by using vitamin supplements such as, Sulfate glucosamine.
Another effective way to prevent further deterioration would be to perform shoulder range of motion exercises.
shoulder gets really bad, the doctor may give you corticosteroid injections directly into the shoulder joint or
as a last resort, shoulder surgery.
only performed is the patient does not respond to the above treatments. The type of surgery performed will
depend on the severity and particular expectations of the person.
Hemiartroplasty with Non Prosthetic Gelnoid Arthroplasty (Ream and Run)
(Delta) total shoulder joint replacement Arthroplasty
shoulder joint replacement arthroplasty