As one of the body’s most mobile joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments in the shoulder joint take a lot of wear and tear, with the potential to become unstable (Healthline). As a result, various forms of arthritis can affect the joint, leading to pain and decreased function.
As an autoimmune condition, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) manifests in several ways, from tenderness and a warm sensation in the joint to feelings of stiffness in the shoulders. Individuals with RA might notice bumps beneath the surface of the skin on the shoulders and arms known as rheumatoid nodules, while fatigue and weight loss are also common symptoms. Ultimately, RA damages the lining of the shoulder joint. Along with inflammation, the joint can become eroded and even deformed over time.
As a classic, yet challenging version of arthritis, Osteoarthritis (OA) is mostly associated with wear and tear. The main symptoms of OA include joint pain, tenderness and stiffness, and are more likely to occur in individuals over the age of 50. On the other hand, when arthritis develops as a result of an injury, it’s referred to as post-traumatic arthritis, or PA. Whether an injury is accident-related or sports-related, shoulder damage such as a fracture or dislocation can lead to PA, which is a result of fluid build-up and swelling in the joint. In turn, if the rotator cuff is injured, a person may experience severe pain and muscle weakness that impairs movement and overhead lifting. This type of arthritis is classified as Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy.
For many, shoulder pain and arthritis becomes a chronic, debilitating condition, and may produce secondary symptoms such as neck pain or upper back pain. Yet, there are options for treatment.
Effective Treatment For Shoulder Arthritis
As the founder of Advanced Healing Institute, Dr. Dehdari values innovative treatment modalities that are conservative in nature, helping patients avoid the need for surgery whenever possible. Aside from physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone steroid injections are a versatile solution for arthritis. In addition, hyaluronic acid (HA) injections provide lubrication to affected joints, while stimulating the production of HA. Dr. Dehdari also leverages the power of regenerative medicine using platelet-rich plasma injections, which delivers a patient’s own blood plasma to an affected area or joint to signal healing and tissue repair.
For effective treatment of your shoulder arthritis, contact Advanced Healing Institute today!
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