How is shoulder arthritis treated?
Dr. Williams will help determine what conservative treatment methods will be beneficial to your condition. Daily range of motion exercises and stretching can help keep the shoulder joint mobile. An individual may need to modify his or her lifestyle, and decrease or cease activities that aggravate shoulder pain. Over the counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can help treat arthritis flare-ups as well as help decrease inflammation. Icing the injured shoulder can also help provide relief from pain and inflammation. Shoulder injections (corticosteroids, platelet rich plasma) can also help manage arthritic shoulder pain.
If arthritis related shoulder pain and loss of mobility progress and non-surgical methods are ineffective, surgery may be recommended. There are several different types of surgery that can be performed depending on the severity of the arthritis. Arthroscopic shoulder debridement is a type of procedure that essentially cleans out the joint and provides temporizing provide relief. Occasionally, bone spurs can form in the shoulder and surgery to shave down the excess bone can help improve pain and restore mobility. AC joint arthritis can be treated arthroscopically by partially resecting the most distal portion of the clavicle to create room between the bones. In general, arthroscopic management strategies can delay the need for total shoulder replacement. In the most severe cases an individuals suffering glenohumeral joint arthritis may need total shoulder replacement surgery . During total shoulder replacement, the ball and socket portions of the shoulder joint are resurfaced with metal and plastic prostheses. As a leading orthopedic shoulder specialist in New York, Dr. Williams will discuss the severity of the injury and which surgical treatment options are best for improving shoulder pain and mobility.