What are the symptoms of shoulder arthritis in New Orleans?
Following are the three most common symptoms.
- Pain: Your shoulder may even hurt when you’re sleeping, and the pain may worsen during or after movement. The pain can be focused in the back or front of the shoulder, depending on which joint is affected.
- Restricted range of motion: This pertains to difficulty when performing everyday tasks such as brushing your hair or reaching for something.
- Sounds when moving your shoulder: Your shoulder may develop a clicking, creaking, or snapping sound during movement
What are the causes of shoulder arthritis in New Orleans?
Several different types of arthritis can affect the shoulder.
- Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage that covers the top of bones to wear down over time and can frequently affect the AC joint.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes your immune system to attack tissue such as cartilage and ligaments and also softens bone.
- Posttraumatic arthritis is caused by an injury to the shoulder such as a broken bone or torn ligament.
What are the treatment options for shoulder arthritis in New Orleans?
Depending on the type of arthritis you are experiencing and the severity of your symptoms, your orthopedic specialist can treat your symptoms in several different ways. In most cases, shoulder pain can be successfully treated without surgery, but in some cases, it may be required.
The following are some of the most common treatments for shoulder arthritis.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication: These medications can provide temporary relief from pain and reduce inflammation. An injection of local anesthetic can also help provide relief.
- Changes to your lifestyle: You may be able to get relief by resting your shoulder or applying moist heat or ice several times a day. Physical therapy that includes exercises designed to enhance your range of motion may also be helpful.
- Surgery: If non-surgical options aren’t effective in controlling your pain, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgical options include:
- Resection arthroplasty treats arthritis of the AC joint by removing a small amount of bone from the end of the collarbone.
- Arthroscopy is used to treat mild cases of glenohumeral arthritis and allows the surgeon to clean out the inside of the joint.
- Joint replacement surgery: Several different parts of your shoulder can be replaced by an artificial component if needed:
- Hemiarthroplasty is used to replace the head of the humerus (the long bone in the upper arm).
- Total shoulder arthroplasty can replace the head of the humerus as well as the head of the socket joint.
- Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty reverses the ball and cup, i.e., the metal ball is fixed to the glenoid, and the plastic cup is attached to the top of the humerus.
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or other symptoms of shoulder arthritis in New Orleans – don’t hesitate – call our office today to schedule a consultation so the condition doesn’t get worse!