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Shoulder Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that can affect any joint in the body, including the shoulder. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, which means that it allows for a wide range of motion. However, this also makes the shoulder more susceptible to wear and tear over time. If your shoulder has been affected by arthritis, you may find it difficult to perform everyday tasks or participate in activities that you enjoy.

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, we understand the challenges that shoulder arthritis can pose. We offer a variety of nonsurgical and surgical treatment options to help relieve your pain and improve your shoulder function. We're passionate about providing the most cutting-edge, conservative treatment options available in order to help you get back to your life as quickly, painlessly, and effectively as possible.

If you're living with shoulder pain caused by arthritis, schedule your first appointment with the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists. We'll work with you to develop a treatment plan that's tailored to your individual needs.

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Expert Treatment For All Types of Shoulder Arthritis

Treating & Diagnosing Shoulder Arthritis

Shoulder arthritis is a condition that causes the tissues (cartilage) that line the shoulder joint to break down. This can lead to pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Shoulder arthritis is often the result of wear and tear on the joint from overuse or age-related changes. It's also more common in people who have a family history of arthritis or who have had previous injuries to the shoulder.

There are several different types of arthritis that can affect the shoulder, including:

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and it occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones breaks down. This can cause the bones to rub against each other, leading to pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
  • Glenohumeral osteoarthritis: Glenohumeral osteoarthritis is a type of osteoarthritis that affects the humerus (upper bone) and glenoid cavity or ball-and-socket structure of the shoulder joint. This can lead to severe pain, stiffness and limited range of motion in the shoulder.
  • Rotator cuff arthropathy: Rotator cuff arthropathy is a condition that occurs when the rotator cuff, a group of 4 muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint, breaks down. This can lead to pain, weakness, inflammation,stiffness and limited range of motion.  If conservative treatment consisting of physical therapy and injections don’t improve symptoms surgical options may be recommended.  

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, we treat all types of shoulder arthritis and specialize in the following procedures:

  • Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Total shoulder arthroplasty is a surgery that replaces the damaged joint surfaces with artificial implants. This can relieve pain and restore function to the shoulder.
  • Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: Like total shoulder arthroplasty, reverse shoulder arthroplasty is a surgery that replaces the damaged joint surfaces with artificial implants. However, in reverse shoulder arthroplasty, the implant is placed in a different location than in total shoulder arthroplasty. If severe rotator cuff damage is present these tissues may not be able to stabilize an artificial implant. With a reverse shoulder replacement and switching the location of the ball and socket, the artificial socket will be attached to the top of your arm bone, and the deltoid muscle will help to move and stabilize the shoulder.

If you're ready to take your life back from shoulder pain, the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists can help. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about our treatment options.

Frequently-Asked Questions

How do I know if I have shoulder arthritis?

The most common symptom of shoulder arthritis is pain. This pain may be dull and achy or sharp and stabbing. You may also experience stiffness, inflammation, and weakness in the shoulder. These symptoms may worsen with activity or when the weather is cold or humid.

Where is Barrington Orthopedic Specialists located?

Barrington Orthopedic Specialists has multiple conveniently accessible locations across the greater Chicago area. Our offices can be found in:

  • Bartlett, IL
  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Schaumburg, IL

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