Shoulder arthritis has different treatment options, including surgical and non-surgical solutions.
Non-surgical or conservative solutions include:
- Changing the type of activity you do to avoid overuse injuries
- Physical therapy increases the range of motion and strengthens the muscles to protect the articulation.
- Over-the-counter painkillers, which help deal with acute pain, but we should be aware of their side effects when taking them for long periods.
- Corticosteroid injections, which also improve the symptoms and provide relief for a more extended period, but they still need to be administered periodically.
- Temperature therapy to reduce the swelling and inflammation
- Disease-modifying agents if you have rheumatoid arthritis.
- Chondroitin and glucosamine supplements
Surgical solutions involve fixing the problem through arthroscopy or arthroplasty. Arthroscopy refers to introducing a probe with a camera to your joint, and in the same exploration, doctors can do debridement procedures and solve minimal problems. Arthroplasty will be recommended if arthroscopy is not enough and is reserved for more severe cases of damage in the shoulder joint. It is a shoulder joint replacement procedure that replaces the damaged area of the shoulder with a prosthetic device.
Shoulder arthritis is a painful condition in which the joint swells and becomes stiff and immobile. It can result from several conditions, including injury, disease, and inflammation.
After reading this guide, you should have a much better idea of what you are facing. Hopefully, you are now able to get an appointment with a rheumatologist and begin a treatment plan that will help relieve your pain, restore your range of motion, and keep you moving and feeling great. We also reviewed a variety of treatments that could help reduce your symptoms and help you feel better. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your doctor.