According to the National Health Interview Survey, more than 50 million people in the United States have reported that they had been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Shoulder arthritis occurs when the smooth cartilage that normally covers the surfaces of the ball (humeral head) and socket (glenoid) of the shoulder has been lost. This results in bone on bone rubbing between these two joint surfaces. The grinding of the bones against each other creates pain and stiffness, which causes difficulty sleeping and the inability to participate in daily activities, work and sports.
There is no cure for arthritis of the shoulder, but there are many helpful treatment options to reduce pain. Many people are able to manage their pain and stay active. Treatment for shoulder arthritis may include exercises, rest and therapy. If shoulder arthritis that does not respond to non-operative treatments, a joint replacement surgery, such as a total shoulder or a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty can be beneficial. Dr. Rabenold, an experienced shoulder specialist, can evaluate, diagnosis and find out if arthritis is the cause of the problem and the best treatment plan for you.
Shoulder arthritis signs and symptoms
- Limited range of motion
- Trouble sleeping on the affected shoulder