Shoulder arthritis is a painful condition that is caused by damage to the cartilage inside the shoulder joint. This damage is typically the result of general wear and tear that causes the smooth surface of cartilage to become cracked and deteriorated. If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, or cracking sensations in your shoulder joint, and are not finding relief from simple treatment methods, it may be time to consult a shoulder arthritis surgery specialist.
At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, our experienced, certified specialists can perform shoulder arthritis surgeries, designed to resolve damaged components of your shoulder joint that are causing pain or resulting in defective function. Our team will work alongside you at every step of your surgery and help you to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan that will ensure a quick and healthy recovery process.
If your shoulder arthritis is not responding to nonsurgical methods, do not allow your condition to worsen. Schedule your first consultation with the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today. If you’re in an emergency situation, visit the Immediate Care Clinic at our Schaumburg, IL location.
Treatment generally involves rest, altering your activities, and physical therapy to help you improve shoulder strength and flexibility. Common sense solutions such as avoiding overexertion or overdoing activities in which you normally do not participate can help to prevent shoulder pain.
Your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce inflammation and pain. If medication is prescribed to relieve pain, it should be taken only as directed. Your doctor may also recommend injections of numbing medicines or steroids to relieve pain.
Surgery may be required to resolve some shoulder problems; however, 90 percent of patients with shoulder pain will respond to simple treatment methods such as altering activities, rest, exercise, and medication.
Certain types of shoulder problems, such as recurring dislocations and some rotator cuff tears, may not benefit from exercise. In these cases, surgery may be recommended fairly early.
Surgery can involve arthroscopy to remove scar tissue or repair torn tissues, or traditional, open procedures for larger reconstructions or shoulder replacement.