ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY FOR SHOULDER ARTHRITIS

RESTORING SHOULDER FUNCTION & MOBILITY IN RICHMOND, VA

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WHAT IS SHOULDER ARTHRITIS? 

Shoulder arthritis is less common than arthritis in other joints, but that doesn’t mean it cannot and does not occur. In general, shoulder arthritis is better tolerated than arthritis in the hip or knee because your full body weight does not rest on your shoulder joints. However, there are cases where arthritis in the shoulder does become severe enough to warrant surgery or even a total shoulder replacement to restore smooth, pain-free movement of the joint.

SHOULDER ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS

Individuals with shoulder arthritis usually complain of shoulder pain and limited motion in the joint, as well as night pain. Regular physical activity can aggravate the pain and the shoulder generally becomes progressively worse with time.

If the arthritis is affecting the glenohumeral joint, pain is often centered in the back of the shoulder, whereas arthritis affecting the acromioclavicular joint usually creates pain in the front. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis often find that the pain spans all areas of the shoulder because both shoulder joints may be affected.

DIAGNOSING AND TREATING SHOULDER ARTHRITIS

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SHOULDER ARTHRITIS DIAGNOSIS

Arthritis in the shoulder may be diagnosed through a careful medical history. A physical examination will be taken to assess the range of motion in your shoulder, as well as the stability and strength of the joint. Any signs of injury to the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint will also be addressed, and an X-ray may be taken to determine the full extent of the damage.

There are many treatment options for shoulder arthritis, including surgical and nonsurgical options. Nonsurgical treatments include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, physical therapy and modification of activities. Surgical options include total shoulder replacement surgery, reverse shoulder replacement and arthroscopic surgery for shoulder arthritis.

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ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY FOR SHOULDER ARTHRITIS

In the case of mild arthritis in the shoulder, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended as a minimally invasive treatment. During this procedure, Dr. Goradia inserts a small camera into the joint which displays images onto a screen, allowing him to use much smaller incision points for a less invasive experience than open surgery or a total shoulder replacement.

Most common in younger patients or those who are not candidates for a total replacement, this procedure essentially cleans out the inside of the joint to reduce pain and improve mobility in the joint.

REAL PATIENT SUCCESS STORIES IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

“I had severe pain in my shoulder and couldn’t sleep at night, lift or play golf. After trying injections and therapy first, Dr. Goradia ordered an MRI and saw the tear. After arthroscopic surgery I am now 100% and back to all activities and any work that I want to do. I highly recommend Dr. Goradia and his staff.”

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“My primary care physician referred me to Dr. Goradia to discuss my treatment options. Due to my long history of dislocations and shoulder instability, we determined that physical therapy was no longer an option for me. I then decided to have a right shoulder arthroscopy with a capsular repair. Thanks to Dr. Goradia and the physical therapy team, my shoulder feels better than it has in 15 years.”

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SHOULDER SURGERY CONSIDERATIONS & RECOVERY

In an arthroscopic surgery for shoulder arthritis, the amount of pain relief any given patient experiences as a result of the procedure is unpredictable and will vary from patient to patient. It is also worth noting that this “clean out” does not eliminate arthritis from the joint entirely. If arthritis progresses, more surgery may be needed in the future.

This is why it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goradia at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to determine what the best treatment method is for you. Arthroscopic Surgery for Shoulder Arthritis can be a great remedy for those seeking some pain relief and improved mobility in their shoulder, but it may not have the same lasting effects as a more permanent solution such as a total shoulder replacement.

For more information on G2’s treatment options for shoulder injuries, continue browsing our website for other procedures, or contact us directly at 804-678-9000 or request an appointment online. Whether you’re a recreational athlete, injured worker or simply an individual looking for a second professional opinion on your injury and treatment options, Dr. Goradia is passionate about providing each patient with the quality of care given to professional athletes. Call or visit us today to discover the best way to start living pain free again.

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