Shoulder Arthritis Treatments
Dr. Verma’s main goal in treating this condition is to diminish shoulder arthritis symptoms such as pain and limited mobility.
Many patients are able to live with symptoms for years before seeking medical help. In most cases, patients can lessen the pain by modifying rest and activity level, icing the joint, attending physical therapy sessions, taking anti-inflammatory medications and visiting Dr. Verma’s office for corticosteroid injections to the joint.
Dr. Verma may recommend a surgical intervention if non-surgical treatments do not alleviate the pain. Each patient will have a unique surgical approach based on arthritis severity, intensity of symptoms and the patient’s level of shoulder function.
Dr. Verma may recommend arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the early stages of the condition. With this procedure, the inflamed synovial lining is trimmed and pieces of the degenerated cartilage are removed. Arthroscopic treatment will not cure the condition, but it will prolong the need for more drastic treatments while relieving pain.
In more severe arthritis cases, Dr. Verma may recommend arthroplasty, or replacement of the joint. Shoulder replacement replaces the damaged ball with a synthetic surface leading to restored shoulder motion. The replacement results in reliable relief of pain and in most cases significant improvement in range of motion. However, the prosthesis may wear out over time (15 years or more) and therefore patients are advised to delay surgery as long as possible. However, once the symptoms become severe and interfere with daily life and activities, shoulder replacement is a reliable treatment option.
For additional resources on shoulder arthritis, please contact Dr. Nikhil Verma, shoulder specialist in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois area.