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Shoulder Arthritis

What is Shoulder Arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis is characterized by the wearing away of cartilage surface leaving the bone exposed. Also known as wear and tear arthritis the most common type is Osteoarthritis and usually affects patients over the age of 50. Families that may have a history of the illness may be more likely to develop the condition.
 
Symptoms
  • Symptoms progress as the conditions worsen and may manifest themselves as
  • Pain in regular activities involving the shoulder
  • Stiffness and swelling of the shoulder joint
  • Tenderness around the joint
  • A grinding or catching feeling in the joint

Cause
  • A genetic disposition as well as ageing is the usual cause of the condition
Treatment
  • Physical therapy to strengthen muscles could be used
  • Cold therapy will help treat swelling
  • Shoulder supports provide support, warmth and compression
  • Heat rubs and soothing balms, creams gels and sprays may help elevate pain
  • In severe cases surgery may be used
 
 
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