The shoulder is involved in many important upper body movements. Without a functional shoulder, it is difficult to raise the arm and grab, grip, and hold objects. Like all joints of the body, the shoulder is susceptible to osteoarthritis, a bone and cartilage destroying disease.
At Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists have extensive experience and use the latest technologies to properly diagnose and treat shoulder arthritis.
An early shoulder arthritis diagnosis is important because without proper treatment, severe arthritis develops and symptoms become worse. Shoulder arthritis symptoms include:
- Decreased range of motion
Age (patients over 50 are most at risk) is the most common shoulder arthritis cause. An accident or injury may cause post-traumatic or early onset arthritis.
Shoulder Arthritis Progression
Shoulder arthritis is a slowly developing condition. Mild symptoms present in early arthritis stages and may not be something that patients are completely aware of. Many patients complain of symptoms as a minor injury or soreness from overuse. As previously mentioned, arthritis and symptoms become worse if not treated. The four arthritis stages are:
- Stage 0. A normal shoulder.
- Stage 1. Inflammation, minor cartilage wear, minor bone spur growth.
- Stage 2. Moderate cartilage wear and bone spur growth. Symptoms become more severe, especially after exercise and at the end of the day.
- Stage 3. Significant cartilage damage, joint space narrowing, frequent symptoms.
- Stage 4. Little to no healthy cartilage, minimal joint space, bone-on-bone rubbing, severe symptoms that make it difficult to raise or even move the arm.
The key to effective treatment is a stage 1 or stage 2 diagnosis. Patients are encouraged to make an appointment with an Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Specialist as soon as symptoms present.
During an appointment:
- A medical history is obtained
- Shoulder arthritis risk factors are analyzed
- A physical examination is performed
- X-rays and possibly an MRI are ordered and analyzed
Findings allow the specialist to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe an effective treatment plan that reduces symptoms and stops shoulder arthritis from developing into advanced stages.
Making an Appointment at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
At Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our shoulder specialists, Dr. Michael Gross, Dr. Michael Benke and Dr. Oscar Vazquez are experts in treating shoulder arthritis. If you are having symptoms of shoulder arthritis, we encourage you to contact our office today to make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Hackensack, Montclair, Emerson and Elmwood Park, NJ.