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Shoulder Arthritis


Nearly 20 percent of Americans have arthritis in at least one joint. Wear-and-tear arthritis, known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the cause behind most cases of shoulder arthritis. Learn more about causes, symptoms and treatments.

Causes & Triggers

  • Accident
  • Fracture
  • Natural wear-and-tear (loss of joint cartilage)
  • Repetitive stress
  • Sports injury

Signs & Symptoms

  • Grating
  • Hard lumps or bone spurs
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness

Tips & Treatment

  • Arthritis happens to people of all ages; in fact, half are under the age of 50.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include, anti-inflammatory medications, bracing, physical therapy and/or corticosteroid or viscosupplementation injections.
  • Depending on severity and cause, surgical intervention may be necessary.
  • Seek the opinion of a well-qualified orthopedic specialist for relief of symptoms and treatment options.

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