Arthritis is a condition characterized by the inflammation of your joints. The demand on your shoulder for everyday activities is great, and when you begin to experience pain or swelling in the joint, the pain can become debilitating. Because of the frequency with which you use your shoulder, shoulder arthritis can severely impact your overall quality of life. At Elmhurst Orthopaedics, we understand how painful and frustrating chronic pain and arthritis can be, and we develop personalized treatment plans to get you back to living your best life.
The shoulder is the most commonly injured joint in your body, and restoring the functionality of your shoulder and relieving your pain is our primary goal. One of our expert orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Nikoleit or Dr. Bartucci, will work closely with you to ensure that you get the care you need so that you can live the life you deserve.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain in your shoulder and think it may be the result of arthritis, call Elmhurst Orthopaedics today at 630.834.0491 or request an appointment online with Dr. Nikoleit or Dr. Bartucci.
Shoulder Arthritis Symptoms
- Shoulder pain
- Decreased range of motion
Types of Shoulder Arthritis
During you exam, Dr. Nikoleit or Dr. Bartucci will determine which type of arthritis you have in order to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Osteoarthritis is a condition wherein the cartilage that protects your joints is broken down. As the cartilage breaks down, your bones aren’t as protected and begin rubbing against each other.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition that causes your body to attach the synovium within your joint. When the synovium swells, it causes pain and stiffness within your joint.
Shoulder Arthritis Treatment
Because the shoulder is comprised of two joints, you may experience shoulder arthritis in two places. While there is no cure for arthritis in your shoulder, there are many options available to you that will help give you relief from your pain.
- Physical therapy
- Steroid (Cortisone) Injections
- Anti-Inflammatory Medication
- Medication (depending on the type of arthritis you have)
- Shoulder joint replacement
At Elmhurst Orthopaedics, we believe in taking a conservative approach to treatment, saving surgery as a last-resort option. However, we understand that surgery is sometimes necessary to get real relief from your pain. One of our expert surgeons, Dr. Nikoleit or Dr. Bartucci, will ensure that you get the best care possible so that you can live your life the way you want to.
If you’re experiencing chronic shoulder pain and think you may be suffering from arthritis, call Dr. Nikoleit or Dr. Bartucci at Elmhurst Orthopaedics today at 630.834.0491 or make an appointment online for your customized treatment plan.