Arthritis of the shoulder occurs much less often than arthritis of the knee and hip, however it can be quite disabling. Shoulder problems caused by arthritis include pain and limited movement.
The initial treatment for arthritis of the shoulder is a gentle strengthening program and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines to help with pain and inflammation. If symptoms continue after these and other pain relieving measures are used, shoulder replacement may be considered to help alleviate pain and restore function to the arm. Shoulder replacements are not as common as hip or knee replacements, but the shoulder replacement tends to last a little longer than hip or knee replacements.
For more information about shoulder arthritis, please call (918) 494-AOOK (2665).