Shoulder replacement is gold standard of care for severe Osteoarthritis that does not respond to conservative treatment. Severe arthritis can cause severe shoulder pain that makes even the simplest tasks difficult and uncomfortable. Whether due to an injury, overuse, or a physical condition, it is vital that your shoulder pain is resolved correctly so you are able to experience an improved quality of life, free from pain and with full motion restored.Find A Provider
of Shoulder Pain
Symptoms of a damaged shoulder joint vary, based upon the underlying shoulder condition. The symptoms may include:
- Stiff shoulder
- Shoulder is red or warmer than the surrounding tissue
- Difficulty lifting or reaching ovehead
- Shoulder feels weak or unstable
- Your shoulder makes popping or crunching sounds when in motion
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Other Causes of Shoulder Pain
Other Causes of Shoulder Pain
Chronic shoulder pain is commonly caused by arthritis. Arthritis is a term used to describe pain and inflammation in the joints. While there are many types of arthritis, the three most common types that lead to pain and loss of mobility are:
Osteoarthritis is an age-related form of arthritis that causes joint pain and stiffness. As we age, the cartilage that cushions our joints begins to wear away, eventually leading to painful bone-on-bone contact. This type of arthritis is more common in people over 50 years of age, although it has been seen in younger patients. Osteoarthritis is the most chronic condition of the joints which affects approximately 27 million Americans.
Symptoms often develop slowly and tend to worsen over time. Typical signs and symptoms include; pain in your joints with movement, tenderness, stiffness, loss of flexibility limiting range of motion, and bone spurs (extra bits of bone which feel hard and can form around the joint). Common risk factors of osteoarthritis include; increasing age, obesity, previous injury, joint overuse, weak muscles, and genetics.There is no proven treatment for OA, most often the way to help alleviate OA is by physical measures, drug therapy, and surgery.
Osteoarthritis was once believed to be just “wear and tear” on the joint as a natural part of aging. The condition is now viewed as a disease that attacks to the joints in the body. Several issues can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis in the shoulder joints, including:
Some genetic factors come into play, and it is believed that some people have a defect in the genetic code that directs collagen production in the body. Other patients may have inherited a minor flaw in how the shoulder joints fit together that lead to faster wearing of the cartilage.
When a person carries excess weight, it naturally places more stress on the weight-bearing joint at the shoulder. This causes the cushioning cartilage to wear away more quickly. It is believed by some researchers that the presence of excess fat in the body leads to the production of inflammatory chemicals that may damage the joint.
Injury, Excessive Shoulder Use
Some people have performed repetitive motions at work, in athletic pursuits, running, or other activity that eventually affects the function of the shoulder joint. Types of jobs that involve a great deal of time standing, lifting, or other similar activity can wear away the joint more rapidly. Injuries to joints such as damage from a fall, car accident, or other event can lead to a fracture which eventually leads to developing osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a disease that causes the synovial membrane around the shoulder to become inflamed and thickened. This autoimmune disorder can damage the cartilage over time, causing cartilage loss and joint pain and stiffness.
Post-traumatic Arthritis is the result of a major injury to the shoulder. Bone fractures, ligament tears, and resulting damage to the cartilage over time will result in arthritis of the shoulder joint.
Total Shoulder Replacement, also called total shoulder arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the worn out or damaged surfaces of the shoulder joint are removed and replaced with new parts. The shoulder is a ball in socket joint. The articular cartilage than lines the inside of the shoulder will wear out over time causing extreme pain and difficulty in performing daily activities. Once the cartilage has worn out the recommended treatment is to replace the ball and socket joint with a synthetic joint made of titanium and ceramic. Aligning the ball and socket with your natural biomechanical alignment is critical to achieving a natural feeling hip. Kinomatic VR allows your surgeon to perfectly align your hip to achieve a hip that feels so natural you’ll forget you ever had surgery.
The Goal of Shoulder Replacement
The goal of shoulder replacement is to resurface the damaged cartilage in order to relieve pain and restore the alignment and function of your hip. Your doctor may recommend surgery if non-surgical treatment options have failed to relieve the symptoms.
Traditional shoulder replacement offers a cookie cutter approach to surgery. Alignment is based on the surgeons calculations done during surgery. With Kinomatic surgical planning your surgeon will plan out every detail of your surgery with unmatched precision to create a custom surgical template. Kinomatic VR allows your surgeon to determine the optimal shoulder orientation before surgery. Kinomatic surgical planning takes out the guess work, and helps your surgeon achieve the best possible outcome.How It Works
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