Shoulder Osteoarthritis

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of shoulder arthritis. Also called wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is characterized by progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Shoulder osteoarthritis is a disease that causes the cushion layer between the bones in your shoulder to wear away. It may cause pain and stiffness in your shoulder. You may also have trouble moving your shoulder. This is the most common type of arthritis. It is also called degenerative joint disease.

Many different things can cause shoulder pain, such as tendon problems, sore muscles or arthritis. Your shoulder pain may get worse with activity and better with rest.

To treat your condition, your doctor may tell you to rest your shoulder or put ice on it. Physical therapy and exercise may help. Your doctor may recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve the pain.

If none of these treatments work, you may need surgery. The kind of surgery you have will depend on your age and how bad the disease is.

Your shoulder may feel better with the right exercises, pain medicine or surgery. However, your symptoms may come and go over time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.