Do I Need Surgery for Shoulder Arthritis?

doctor treating a female patient with shoulder pain Few things can be as debilitating as arthritis. The pain from arthritis can restrict your movement and make everyday tasks difficult. Having arthritis in your shoulders can make things even more of a challenge. But, understanding the causes behind your shoulder arthritis can help you find treatment options to get relief. Here are some reasons behind shoulder arthritis and what you can do to improve your quality of life.

What Causes Shoulder Arthritis?

Our shoulders play a pivotal role in our day-to-day functions. They help stabilize the most flexible joint in our body. Our shoulders help us reach items placed up high, play sports, brush our hair, and many other actions.

Arthritis hinders our ability to do all these things and more.

Several factors can cause shoulder arthritis. One of the more common reasons is general wear and tear on the body as we age. This gradual process causes the cartilage in the joints to break down, exposing the bone. Over time, this can lead to bone-on-bone traction, which can be painful.

Other causes of shoulder arthritis include:

  • A rotator cuff tear
  • A shoulder fracture
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Avascular Necrosis

Treatments for Shoulder Arthritis

Many people hesitate to have shoulder surgery out of concern for long recovery and rehab. There are treatment methods for shoulder arthritis that don’t need going into surgery. For instance, physical therapy can help rebuild strength, stability, and range of motion. 

Physical therapy can include water exercises, weight training, and stretches. But, Exercises vary on patient needs and physical ability. For severe cases, shoulder surgery may be the only option for relief. Some procedures are non-invasive and allow you to have a fast recovery.

An arthroscopy involves a small incision where debris gets debrided or “cleaned out” from your shoulder. Debriding helps to smooth out the tissue in the shoulder and reduce friction in the joint. 

At Orthopedic Associates of Long Island, we can help you find the option that best works for you. Call to schedule a consultation with us to learn more about what we can do for your shoulder arthritis. Call any of our seven locations today at (631)689.6698.

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