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Causes of Shoulder Pain
The most common cause of shoulder pain is arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most common in people over 50 years of age and in people with a family history of arthritis.
Why a Shoulder Replacement?
When your everyday activities are being limited due to stiffness and pain, and you have found little relief from more minimally invasive treatments, it might be time to consider a total shoulder replacement.
There are two types of shoulder replacement surgeries: conventional shoulder replacement surgery and reverse shoulder replacement surgery.
A conventional shoulder replacement surgery implants a device that 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.