Shoulder arthritis may create discomfort that interferes with daily activities. For some individuals, symptoms are mild and only occur intermittently during or after activities. At other times, symptoms may be more severe and persistent. X-ray images are commonly utilized to confirm the diagnosis of shoulder arthritis. Non-operative treatment options include observation, over-the-counter medications, cortisone injection, and therapy. An exercise program and supervised therapy may assist with symptoms including stiffness and muscular weakness. A cortisone injection into the shoulder joint may help
When nonoperative treatment options are trialed and symptoms persist, surgical treatment options include shoulder arthroplasty (replacement). With total shoulder arthroplasty, both the glenoid (socket side) and the proximal humerus (ball side) are replaced. This surgical procedure may help to alleviate pain symptoms. Outcomes after surgery vary and risks and benefits should be discussed in detail with your treating physician. Non-operative treatment also carries risks and benefits which should be discussed with your treating physician.
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