Shoulder arthritis symptoms
Shoulder arthritis symptoms may include:
Shoulder arthritis diagnosis
Your doctor may diagnosis shoulder arthritis with:
A physical examination to check for weakness, pain and crepitus (crackling in the joint).
X-ray—a test that looks at the bones as well as other body structures, including soft tissue around the shoulder joint
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—uses a magnet, radio frequencies and computer to produce detailed pictures of organs and structures of the shoulder.
Shoulder arthritis treatment
Currently, there is no cure for arthritis of the shoulder, but there are many treatments available so you can manage the pain and stay active. Depending on the extent of your shoulder arthritis, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Anti-inflammatory and pain medications—medications that reduce swelling and inflammation that causes pain.
Cold therapy—your doctor may recommend applying ice packs to the shoulder several times a day to reduce pain and swelling.
Cortisone injections—where an anti-inflammatory steroid is injected into the shoulder joint.
Heat therapy—your doctor may recommend applying warm compresses to the shoulder to warm up the joint before exercise or activity.
Physical therapy—exercises to strengthen and regain range of motion the shoulder muscles.
Surgery—depends on the severity of the problem and may include arthroscopy or shoulder joint replacement. This surgical procedure replaces the worn-out shoulder joint with smooth metal and plastic components.
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