Shoulder arthritis doesn’t just affect your daily activities; it can even start to impact your sleep quality. As a trusted leader in orthopedic surgery, Samuel Park, MD of Specialty Orthopaedics in Hinsdale, Illinois understands how debilitating shoulder arthritis can be. Before living another day with shoulder pain, schedule an exam and get started on treatment to relieve your discomfort. Book your evaluation by using the online scheduling system, or by calling the office.
Shoulder arthritis can develop gradually over years of wear and tear, such as with osteoarthritis, or it can happen quickly after an acute injury. If you have shoulder arthritis, you’re probably going to experience:
As your shoulder arthritis progresses, your symptoms are likely to worsen. Over time, you may find it increasingly challenging to grip objects or use your arm.
Treating shoulder arthritis depends on the severity of your symptoms and whether they’re affecting your quality of life. In some cases, resolving pain and inflammation involves letting your shoulder rest or improving your range of motion through physical therapy sessions. You could also benefit from:
Many shoulder arthritis sufferers find that their condition improves gradually with these conservative treatment options.
As with most orthopedic issues, surgery is generally always the last resort for treating shoulder arthritis. Minor scar tissue buildup or inflammation are usually treatable with a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure. If joint damage and inflammation are severe though, you could need a total shoulder replacement (arthroplasty) or a reverse shoulder replacement (reverse arthroplasty).
Going through a shoulder replacement involves surgically replacing both the head of your humerus bone (ball) and your glenoid (socket). Dr. Park attaches a metal ball to the top of your humerus, then places a plastic cup-like component into your glenoid. That entirely replaces the damaged ball-and-socket joint.
If you have chronic rotator cuff issues or have been through a rotator cuff repair, you might benefit from a reverse arthroplasty. This procedure involves attaching the metal ball to your glenoid socket, then fixating the plastic cup-like attachment to the upper part of your humerus. A reverse shoulder replacement helps you move your arm with the help of different muscles, which takes the strain off your rotator cuff.
Book your shoulder arthritis evaluation at Specialty Orthopaedics through the online booking system or by calling the clinic.