Arthritis (Shoulder)

About Shoulder Arthritis

Shoulder arthritis can make it difficult and painful to perform even the simplest daily tasks. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can destroy the shoulder joint and surrounding tissue. They can also cause degeneration and tearing of the capsule or the rotator cuff. Depending on the severity of the damage, your surgeon may suggest nonsurgical treatment options or arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive surgery that spares muscles and uses tiny incisions. If osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis have worn down your shoulder joint, a total shoulder replacement may be necessary for return to full function.

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