Over time shoulder joints take a lot of wear and tear and become unstable and painful. There is cartilage in the shoulder joints that keep it protected but can break down. This break down of cartilage is where arthritis of the shoulder can develop. Two main types of arthritis develop in the shoulder.
Types of Shoulder Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is also known as “wear and tear” arthritis occurs when the cartilage that covers the tops of bones degenerates or wears down. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of shoulder arthritis. Osteoarthritis happens in people over the age of 50. Osteoarthritis can happen in younger people but usually is the result of trauma or an injury and is known as posttraumatic arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease attacking multiple joints throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and is common in both joints of the shoulder. Rheumatoid arthritis affects your joint lining and can cause joint swelling and eventually erosion of the shoulder bones and deformity of the shoulder joints.
Symptoms and Treatments of Shoulder Arthritis
Symptoms of shoulder arthritis are:
- Flexibility Loss
Treatments can help reduce pain and improve mobility. Shoulder arthritis treatments could include medications that reduce pain, shoulder injections with corticosteroids, physical therapy, range-of-motion exercises, and surgery.
Trusted Expert in Shoulder Arthritis Treatments
Dr. Kerisimasi (Masi) Reynolds will treat each patient with a conservative treatment plan as his first plan to relieve shoulder pain. Dr. Masi Reynolds will perform diagnostic testing for each patient to assess the severity and cause of the shoulder pain. Once shoulder arthritis is diagnosed, Dr. Masi will go over your treatment plan and course of action to follow. If you are in the San Jose or surrounding areas and are experiencing pain in the shoulder from arthritis, call Dr. Masi Reynolds today to schedule your consultation.