- Deep, achy shoulder pain at the following locations
- Top of shoulder (acromioclavicular (AC) joint)
- Back of shoulder (glenohumeral joint)
- Throughout shoulder (usually when both AC and Glenohumeral joints are affected)
- Grinding, clicking, or snapping in shoulder joint
- Limited range of motion (difficulty brushing hair or putting on shirt)
- Pain when moving shoulder
- Pain at night in affected shoulder
What is Shoulder Arthritis?
Shoulder Arthritis can occur from wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or may follow injury of the joint (posttraumatic arthritis). If both shoulders are affected, the cause may be due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease that attacks joint tissue. Arthritis is loss of cartilage (cushioning material) between the bones resulting in bone-on-bone contact. Loss of this cartilage results in pain and range of motion is sometimes limited.
Mild cases of shoulder arthritis may be treated with avoiding aggravating activities, anti-inflammatories, therapy, moist heat, icing, and/or corticosteroid injections. While non-surgical treatment can relieve mild cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary if it continues to worsen.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Arthritis Surgery (Minimally Invasive)
Our board certified orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. John Hoffman, Dr. Tuvi Mendel, and Dr. Tyson Cobb, perform arthroscopic shoulder arthritis surgery as a minimally invasive method of relieving shoulder arthritis pain. During surgery, small incisions are made at the shoulder joint through which an arthroscope (small video camera) is inserted to allow your surgeon to view the surgery on a monitor. Special instrumentation is used to remove the arthritis from the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. In some cases the glenohumeral joint arthritis can also be addressed arthroscopically. This technique results in smaller incisions, less scarring, less pain, and faster recovery than traditional open surgical procedures for shoulder arthritis.
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery: A Modern Alternative to Traditional Total Shoulder Replacement
Dr. Mendel performs reverse total shoulder replacement surgery for patients with a combination of severe shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff tears. This surgical technique is a technologically advanced alternative to the more traditional, most common procedure for shoulder arthritis, Total Shoulder Joint Replacement. During surgery, the ball and socket joint is replaced in reverse of your original shoulder joint. In other words, the “ball” area of your upper arm bone is replaced with a cup and the old “socket” area is replaced with a ball. This design improves shoulder function for patients that no longer have a functional rotator cuff.