Shoulder arthritis refers to cartilage damage in the shoulder joint. Cartilage in the joint facilitates smooth joint motion with minimal friction in this highly flexible joint. With the damage to the cartilage, the bones rub against each other, causing incapacitating pain and also affecting the range of motion in your shoulder.
Your shoulder is made up of three bones: the humerus or upper arm bone, the scapula or shoulder blade, and the collarbone or clavicle. The humerus fits into a rounded socket in the shoulder blade to create a ball and joint socket. Shoulder arthritis can affect the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, where your collarbone meets the scapula, as well as the glenohumeral or ball and socket joint.
If you suffer from debilitating shoulder pain, Dr. Amr Hosny and the experienced team of pain management doctors at New York Pain Care can help ease your pain. The team — with three New York City locations and five offices across Bergen County, Union County, and Morris County, New Jersey — offers treatment for a number of diverse conditions, including shoulder arthritis.
Shoulder arthritis is a serious condition because it affects your quality of life. Incapacitating pain in your shoulder can change your life for the worse and make it impossible to do simple daily tasks. You sometimes can even qualify for disability assistance, which highlights how serious this condition is. Symptoms of arthritis that emphasize the need for immediate diagnosis and treatment include:
All these symptoms highlight the seriousness of arthritis in the shoulder. Dr. Hosny at New York Pain Care is a board-certified, Harvard-trained, interventional spine specialist with the experience to treat multiple causes of pain. The pain specialist uses the latest technology for shoulder pain diagnosis and treatment.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) identifies five distinct forms of shoulder arthritis, including:
With the right diagnosis, your doctor can classify what type of shoulder arthritis you have and develop an effective shoulder arthritis treatment plan. An expert like Dr. Hosny also can determine if your shoulder pain is caused by another common cause of discomfort.
Arthritis is not always something you can avoid, particularly if you have a family history of arthritis or another medical condition. Lifestyle also plays a role in the development of shoulder arthritis, especially if you’re active. Common causes of arthritis in the shoulder include:
After a comprehensive examination, imaging tests, and medical history, your back doctor can start arthritis in the shoulder treatment, especially for you. The treatment plan depends on the underlying cause and severity, your age, and other factors. Treatment may entail:
At New York Pain Care in NYC and northern NJ, Dr. Hosny and the team of pain management doctors offer effective pain treatment for shoulder arthritis and a wide range of other painful complications. Contact the team today for pain relief and restoration of function to your shoulder.
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