Shoulder

Causes of Shoulder Pain

 The most common cause of shoulder pain and disability is arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is most common in people over 50 years of age, and in people with a family history of arthritis. In osteoarthritis, the articular cartilage which is cushioning the bones wears away.  the bones will rub against each other causing pain and stiffness.

Why a shoulder replacement?

Everyday activities are being limited due to stiffness and pain.  The pain is continuous while resting, at night and during the day.  There is little relief from the pain from anti-inflammatory drugs or other treatments such as physical therapy.  

Most people who have shoulder replacement surgery experience a reduction in the amount of pain they are having daily.  The majority of patients are able to return to their previous activities with much less pain than before surgery.  

Shoulder Replacement

There are two types of shoulder replacement:  Shoulder Replacement or Reverse Shoulder Replacement.

A conventional shoulder replacement device mimics the normal anatomy of the shoulder: a plastic "cup" is fitted into the shoulder socket (glenoid), and a metal "ball" is attached to the top of the upper arm bone (humerus). 

In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and metal ball are switched. The metal ball is fixed to the socket and the plastic cup is fixed to the upper end of the humerus. Your physician will discuss which option is best suited for you. 

Part 1:Hamilton Medical Center's Dr. Nick Reed, Orthopaedic Surgeon with Associates in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine,  explains how the progression of shoulder arthritis may lead to a disabling pain and/or loss of motion.

 

Part 2: Hamilton Medical Center's Dr. Nick Reed, Orthopaedic Surgeon with Associates in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, discusses treatment options for shoulder pain. 

 

Part 3: Hamilton Medical Center's Dr. Nick Reed, Orthopaedic Surgeon with Associates in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, explains the two types of shoulder replacements.