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Arthritis of the Shoulder

What are the causes?

Three major types of arthritis generally affect the shoulder.

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Posttraumatic Arthritis

Who can be affected?

It usually affects people over 50 years.

What are the symptoms?

  • The most common symptom of arthritis of the shoulder is pain
  • Limited motion
  • Clicking or snapping sound (Crepitus)
  • How is’t diagnostic?
  • X-rays and Computed Tomography
  • How can be treated?

Nonsurgical Treatment

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  • Rest or change activities
  • Physical therapy
  • Take no steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Ice the shoulder for 20 to 30 minutes two or three times a day
  • Dietary supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate

Surgical Treatment

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  • Arthritis can be treated by replacing the entire shoulder joint with a prosthesis (total shoulder arthroplasty).