With over 50 million people diagnosed with some form of arthritis in the nation, having effective treatment options for this condition is essential. Although shoulder arthritis is one of the least common types of this concern, and usually occurs as a result of previous injury or disorder, the pain, stiffness, and discomfort that accompany the issue can be significantly debilitating.
At Towson Orthopaedic Associates, our experienced sports medicine and orthopaedic surgeons understand how living with shoulder arthritis can reduce your quality of life and limit your occupational and recreational opportunities. When you arrive for your initial consultation, we will work with you to ease the inflammation, improve function, and reduce stiffness using the most advanced treatment methods available. Our goal is to optimize your health and well-being utilizing the least invasive techniques possible.
Non-Surgical Treatment of Shoulder Arthritis
The first step in treating shoulder arthritis is to limit activity. You should try to avoid lifting, reaching overhead, and reaching behind to allow the inflammation to subside as much as possible. While there is no cure for arthritis, non-surgical treatment methods from our practice can help to alleviate pain and to increase mobility as safely and as quickly as possible. Heat and icing, corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy combined with at-home stretches and strengthening exercises can offer pronounced benefits. When discussing your concerns with one of our physicians, he or she will develop a customized treatment plan that addresses your unique anatomical needs and lifestyle preferences. In most cases, non-surgical and minimally invasive methods may be sufficient to achieve an optimal outcome.
Surgical Treatment of Shoulder Arthritis
If after trying a conservative approach you find no relief, our orthopaedic surgeons may recommend surgery. We emphasize minimally invasive techniques that can reduce the risk of complications and help you recover faster than with traditional open surgery. Surgical options include arthroscopic techniques (surgery using a small camera to reduce incision size and enhance visual access) to remove the scar tissue and clean out the joint and shoulder joint replacement. Your physician will discuss the details of your operation with you as well as answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about your treatment.
For more information about shoulder arthritis and the available treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, please contact our office today.