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Shoulder Osteoarthritis Treatment in Glendale, CA

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints.  There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most common. This is the ‘wear and tear’ type of arthritis.

As of 2020, about 20% of US adults are affected by arthritis. More than 1/3 US adults older than 60 have X-ray evidence of arthritis.

Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many treatment options available to help manage pain and keep people staying active.

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the shoulder joint gradually wears away. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the protective space between the bones decreases. This can result in bone rubbing on bone and produce painful bone spurs.

Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly and the pain it causes worsens over time.  The joint may become stiff and swollen, making it difficult to rotate and lift the shoulder.  Pain and swelling may be worse at the end of the day.  Vigorous activity may cause pain to flare up.

Loose fragments of cartilage and other tissue can interfere with the smooth motion of joints. The shoulder may “lock” or “stick” during movement. It may creak, click, snap or make a grinding noise (crepitus).   Many people with arthritis note increased joint pain with changes in the weather.

Shoulder arthritis is not as common as hip and knee arthritis.  Shoulder osteoarthritis accounts for an estimated 5%–17% of patients with shoulder complaints.  The prevalence of shoulder OA has been estimated to be as high as 16%–20% in the middle-aged and elderly population, but many of these individuals are asymptomatic. 

Treatment involves anti-inflammatory medications.  Cortisone injections can help with pain control but may have side effects.  Surgery can be performed.  Arthroscopic surgery can help reduce some of the pain temporarily.  Definitive surgical treatment requires a shoulder replacement. 

Contact Glendale Orthopedics today to get help for your shoulder treatments.

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