Shoulder Joint Arthritis
Arthritis of the shoulder is not uncommon.
Pain and stiffness. Pain at night can be a particularly troubling feature.
X rays and sometimes either an MRI scan or CT scan.
Non-Operative: Some arthritic shoulders joint respond to a course of physiotherapy.
Operative: If there has been no improvement with physiotherapy then a shoulder replacement can be carried out. The exact type of replacement surgery depends on x-ray findings and the state of the rotator cuff tendon. In most situations, the ball and socket are replaced.
Pre operative X-ray showing a arthritic shoulder joint
Post operative X-ray showing a resurfacing shoulder replacement