Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a
gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints.
Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that
protects the ends of bones in the joints.
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder can severely impact a
person's lifestyle and prevent them from doing work and sport activites.
Causes and Risk Factors
Osteoarthritis commonly develops as a result of the
wear and tear of aging. It also frequently results
from traumatic injury to the joint. Osteoarthritis of
the shoulder is more common in older people, in
women, and in people who have occupations that
place increased stress on the shoulder. People who
have certain diseases, bone deformities or a
genetic predisposition are also at a higher risk.
In a healthy shoulder, the head of the humerus is
covered by a layer of cartilage. Healthy cartilage
allows the bone to glide smoothly within the joint.
But in a shoulder with osteoarthritis, this cartilage
begins to deteriorate and wear away. Repetitive
motion or injury may speed this deterioration.
Eventually, the bone of the humerus may rub
directly against the bone of the shoulder socket.
Bone Spur Formation
This rubbing can cause the gradual growth of bony
bumps along the edge of the joint. These bumps,
called bone spurs (or osteophytes), can cause joint
Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the shoulder may
include pain in the shoulder and arm. Movement
may increase this pain. The shoulder may feel
tender when pressure is applied. The person may
experience a grating sensation when moving the
arm. The shoulder may feel stiff, and this stiffness
may interfere with the arm's range of motion.
Treatment options depend on the severity of the
arthritis. In the early stages, the shoulder may be
treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
medications, corticosteroid injections, and physical
therapy. If these methods are not helpful next steps could be injection of the stem cells in the shoulder joint. Surgery is usually the treatment of last resort. At NorTex we specialize in non surgical treatments for this disease.
Watch the video description below
Shoulder Arthritis Overview by Dr. G.
NorTex Spine & Joint Institute
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