Shoulder arthritis is the inflammation of the joints in the shoulder that hampers the mobility and overall function of the shoulder for people who suffer from it. There are five common types of shoulder arthritis in Louisiana – today we’re discussing them and available treatment options.
Osteoarthritis: This is one of the most common types of arthritis that affects the shoulder. This type of arthritis often comes along with age and causes protective cartilage to wear away over time, which is why we typically refer to it as ‘wear-and-tear’ arthritis. When the cartilage wears away, there is no longer a cushion to keep the joints from rubbing against each other.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the lining of the joints in the shoulder rather than the cartilage between joints. The swelling of this vital lubricating lining results in pain in both joints of the shoulder, making it difficult for everyday common movements.
Posttraumatic Arthritis: Posttraumatic arthritis is a form of osteoarthritis that develops following an injury. Some patients develop arthritis after an injury to the shoulder; this could be the result of a fracture, dislocation, athletic injury or other type of trauma.
Rotator Cuff Arthropathy: This form of arthritis is typically the result of an untreated rotator cuff injury, such as a rotator cuff tear. Patients showing signs of rotator cuff arthropathy typically experience shoulder pain, weakness and a decreased range of motion.
Avascular Necrosis: This is a condition affecting blood circulation to the shoulder. While this condition may not initially show symptoms, it worsens with time and can lead to shoulder arthritis. When a patient has avascular necrosis, blood flow to the humerus bone in the shoulder is inhibited. When blood isn’t able to travel to the bone, the cells in the shoulder die, resulting in shoulder arthritis.
Surgical Treatment for Shoulder Arthritis in Louisiana
We use the latest in diagnostic and treatment techniques, whether your condition requires nonsurgical or surgical treatment. While there is not a cure for shoulder arthritis in Louisiana, there are procedures that can help repair damaged areas of the shoulder and relieve pain.
Nonsurgical treatment methods include rest, heat and ice therapy, physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, supplements or Corticosteroid injections.
Two of the more common surgical methods are arthroscopy and arthroplasty.
Shoulder Arthroscopy allows surgeons to insert a miniature camera into a patient’s shoulder through small incisions. The camera displays a feed on a nearby monitor, which lets the surgeon get a detailed, inside look at the shoulder in order to diagnose and treat the affected area.
Shoulder Arthroplasty (or shoulder replacement surgery) is a procedure that involves removing the damaged area of the joint and replacing it with metal and plastic prosthetic components.
Pain and stiffness associated with shoulder arthritis can worsen over time, so it’s important that you don’t ignore symptoms. If you or a loved one experiences shoulder pain or other symptoms that may be related to shoulder arthritis in Louisiana, call our office today to schedule a consultation!