DANIEL SOUTHERN, M.D.
REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

About Shoulder Arthritis

Your shoulders are a common area in which to develop arthritis. In a diseased shoulder, inflammation causes pain and stiffness. Your shoulder is made up of three bones: your upper arm bone (humerus), your shoulder blade (scapula), and your collarbone (clavicle). The head of your upper arm bone fits into a rounded socket in your shoulder blade. This socket is called the glenoid. A combination of muscles and tendons keeps your arm bone centered in your shoulder socket. These tissues are called the rotator cuff. 

There are two joints in the shoulder, and both may be affected by arthritis. One joint is located where the clavicle meets the tip of the shoulder blade (acromion). This is called the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. Where the head of the humerus fits into the scapula is called the glenohumeral joint. It is important for your physician to determine which joint and/or structures and what type of arthritis you have. Although there is no cure for arthritis of the shoulder, there are many treatment options available. Using these, most people with arthritis are able to manage pain and stay active.

Symptoms of Shoulder Arthritis

The most common symptom of arthritis of the shoulder is pain, which is often made worse and even more uncomfortable with increased activity and movement. If the glenohumeral shoulder joint is affected, the pain is typically located in the back of the shoulder and may get worse with weather changes. Many patients complain of an ache deep in the joint. If the acromioclavicular (AC) joint is affected the pain is typically on the top of the shoulder and the pain can sometimes radiate or travel to the side of the neck. 

Besides shoulder pain, another common symptom of shoulder arthritis is a limited range of motion. It may become more difficult to lift your arm to comb your hair or reach up to a shelf. You may hear a grinding, clicking, or snapping sound as you move your shoulder. As the disease progresses, any movement of the shoulder causes pain. Night pain is common and sleeping may be difficult.

Non Surgical Treatment for Shoulder Arthritis

The initial approach to treating shoulder arthritis includes activity modification and lifestyle changes to avoid reaching and throwing activities to reduce pain. Oral medications, topical crèmes and applying ice to your shoulder to reduce inflammation may be helpful. For some patients, steroid injections may have some value as well.

To learn more and get help for shoulder arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Surgical Treatment for Shoulder Arthritis

Surgical treatment for shoulder arthritis is limited to removing the most damaged tissues that may be affecting motion or causing pain or re-attaching torn tendons, ligaments, or the rim of cartilage surrounding the joint. Surgery cannot remove or stop the progression of arthritis and, even when performed in as minimally invasive manner as possible, it can contribute to progression of joint degeneration, pain, and loss of motion. When arthritis is very advanced causing extensive damage to the bony components of the joint, shoulder joint replacement therapy may be the only option.

In general, recovery time and rehabilitation from surgical treatment of shoulder arthritis can be somewhat lengthy and uncomfortable requiring careful pain management. In addition, there are some risks and possible complications of shoulder surgery including infection, pain, loss of motion, blood clots, and nerve damage.

To learn more and get help for shoulder arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717

Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Treatment for Shoulder Arthritis

Regenerative Orthopedic treatment for shoulder arthritis uses you body’s repair mechanisms to heal degenerated or damaged tissues. Sometimes, conservative non surgical or even surgical treatment does not help reduce or eliminate shoulder arthritis pain, stiffness and loss of mobility to an acceptable level to allow a return to normal daily activities or perhaps the athletic and sports activities you wish to enjoy. Some people may not be good candidates for or are concerned about the length of the recovery and rehabilitation period of surgery. If this is the case, Regenerative Orthopedic treatment bay be appropriate. These are same-day procedures using bone marrow stem cells and/or platelet-rich-plasma injected with accuracy into targeted tissues that are the cause of pain and loss of function. Regenerative injections are painless, can be performed in as little as an hour and result in little to no down time. Regenerative Orthopedic treatments offer the possibility of healing damaged and degenerated tissues to help you to a comfortable, active and productive lifestyle by improving pain and joint function with greater mobility.

To learn more about stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or alpha-2 macroglobulin and get help for Shoulder Arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717