Shoulder joint just like the hip or knee joints can get affected by arthritis. The affected patient will experience pain, restriction of movements and a grating sensation of the joint. Arthritis can be due to osteoarthritis (in older population), rheumatoid arthritis, old injury to the shoulder, neglected rotator cuff tears, neglected dislocations of the shoulder etc.
What is Shoulder Arthritis?
The shoulder is made up of two joints that can be affected by arthritis. These joints include the acromioclavicular (AC) joint and glenohumeral joint. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint at which the collarbone (the clavicle) meets the tip of the shoulder blade (the acromion). The glenohumeral joint is the ball-and-socket junction of the upper arm bone (the humerus) and the socket of the shoulder blade (the scapula).
Arthritis exhibits some mild painful symptoms, similar to tendonitis. You may also experience some stiffness too. If the condition worsens, at that point the symptoms you are experiencing will also deteriorate. A severe form of joint inflammation will further result in frozen shoulder.
Symptoms of Shoulder Arthritis
The following are the most common symptoms of shoulder arthritis:
- Pain with activities
- Restricted movement
- Stiffness of the shoulder
- Swelling of joints
- Tenderness around the joints
- A feeling of grinding in joints
Types and Causes of Shoulder Arthritis
There are different types of arthritis affecting your shoulder. These include:
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that demolishes the outer covering of the bone known as articular cartilage. This kind of arthritis is more prevalent among people aged 50 and above.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory of joint lining called synovium. It can affect anyone and can impact multiple joints on both sides of the body.
Post-traumatic arthritis is due to injuries such as a dislocation or fracture of the shoulder. It occurs among the individual with a rotator cuff tear.
Adolescent joint inflammation:
Adolescent Arthritis is a common joint condition seen in children aged 16 and younger. It also causes inflammation of joints.
Psoriatic joint inflammation:
Psoriatic Arthritis is a kind of chronic inflammatory arthritis which occurs when individuals are experiencing a skin condition called Psoriasis. Psoriatic Arthritis is featured with signs such as painful, swollen joints, morning firmness, and fatigue.
Shoulder Arthritis Treatment Options
Not all treatments are appropriate for every patient. However, it would be wise to discuss with your doctor to determine which procedures are suitable for your shoulder arthritis. The treatment options for shoulder arthritis include:
- Shoulder Arthroscopy
- Shoulder Replacement Surgery
- Reverse Shoulder Replacement
- Cortisone Injections
- Physical Therapy
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