What Is Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder? Answers from Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, TX
Osteoarthritis is a common condition that many people experience as they age. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints gradually wears down over time, allowing the bones to rub against each other. Sometimes, small calcium deposits known as bone spurs can develop as a result. This can happen anywhere in the body, including the shoulders, knees, hips, and spine. When osteoarthritis develops in a shoulder joint, it can make it difficult – and painful – to move the corresponding arm as well as the neck. It can also lead to a popping or clicking sensation in the shoulder, a tingling sensation that runs down the path of the affected arm, swelling and tenderness, and a reduced range of motion.
How do you treat shoulder osteoarthritis?
The most common treatments for osteoarthritis – no matter where in the body it develops – are conservative, or nonsurgical. Anti-inflammatory medications, rest, physical therapy, heat therapy, and icing the shoulder are all potential options. Injections are also an option to help lubricate and cushion the joint. If the degeneration progresses to the point that daily activities are excessively difficult, surgery may be recommended.
Osteoarthritis treatment at Advanced Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
At Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, Texas, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments for osteoarthritis. In most cases, we advise our patients to spend the first months of their treatment focusing on conservative therapies. Many people are able to reduce their symptoms to a more manageable level with consistent nonsurgical treatment.
If you elect surgery, you can consult with our skilled orthopedists who specialize exclusively in shoulder surgery. We practice a variety of traditional and minimally invasive techniques, and our team can recommend the most promising approach for your specific needs.
To learn more about shoulder osteoarthritis treatment at Advanced Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, contact us today. We welcome patients from Houston, Texas, and all of the surrounding areas.
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