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What Is Shoulder Arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis is a painful condition that affects the shoulder joints. Arthritis doesn’t only damage the muscles and tendons but the joints and ligaments as well. There is no cure for arthritis, but with the help of Dr. Madsen it can be treated and the pain can be managed.

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Shoulder Arthritis Causes and Risk Factors

There are 5 types of arthritis that affect the shoulder:
  • Osteoarthritis (OA):  Associated with wear and tear due to aging. Most common in adults over 50
  • Post Traumatic Arthritis (PA): This occurs after an injury to the shoulder joint. PA occurs frequently in shoulder injuries from sports and exercise. Shoulder fractures and shoulder dislocations can eventually become PA if left untreated.
  • Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy: A rip in the tendons of the rotator cuff can cause this condition. Arthritis develops in your shoulder when bones in the shoulder are damaged.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): This is an autoimmune disease that will most likely attack both shoulders at the same time. It can cause the joints to become deformed.
  • Avascular Necrosis (AVN): This condition can become shoulder arthritis by destroying the joint tissues of the shoulder. It can occur after shoulder dislocations or shoulder fractures don’t allow the blood to reach the joint. Over time, the pain of AVN can become increasingly more severe.

Symptoms of Shoulder Arthritis

  • Pain in the joint
  • Stiffness of the shoulder
  • Swelling or inflammation in the area
  • A range of motion loss of the arm.

When Surgery Is Necessary

When experiencing chronic shoulder pain, or have just sustained a shoulder-related injury, you should contact Dr. Madsen for a diagnosis and treatment. Early diagnosis of a shoulder injury can help speed up recovery time and prevent the injury from developing into arthritis.

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