FAQs about Arthritis
By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
February 20, 2020
Tags: Arthritis  

Dealing with arthritis in your shoulder? It’s time you got the answers you’re looking for.

Millions of Americans are living with arthritis, an inflammatory condition that affects one or more joints. Arthritis is progressive, meaning that without treatment and proper care it can lead not just to severe joint pain and stiffness but also permanent and serious joint damage and limited mobility. From the office of our Bergen County, NJ, shoulder doctor Dr. Roger Pollock, here are some of the most commonly asked questions about arthritis of the shoulder.

What types of arthritis affect the shoulder?

There are many different forms of arthritis, five of which can affect the joints of the shoulder. These five types include,

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Posttraumatic arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy
  • Avascular necrosis

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The most common sign of arthritis is joint pain in the shoulder that may be exacerbated by certain movements. You may also experience joint tenderness, swelling and stiffness that can limit your physical activities and mobility.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

A simple physical examination and x-rays are all that’s typically needed for our Bergen County, NJ, orthopedic doctor to diagnose shoulder arthritis. Since there are many problems and conditions that have the same symptoms as arthritis it’s important that you seek a medical professional for a proper diagnosis.

How is shoulder arthritis treated?

The treatment plan that we create for you will depend on the severity and extent of your symptoms. Usually we will turn to the most conservative measures first including:

  • Limiting activities and avoiding exercises that could weaken the joints of the shoulder
  • Performing stretching and strengthening exercises to strengthen the muscles around the joint to improve joint and overall shoulder stability
  • Taking commercial anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling
  • Treating more severe and unresponsive joint pain and swelling with steroid injections

Our orthopedic surgeon and his team can also determine whether or not you could benefit from surgery. Common surgical options include,

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Reverse shoulder replacement

Surgery is often necessary if there is extensive damage to the joint that affects how the shoulder functions as a whole. Our doctor can walk you through your different treatment options to help you find the best options to suit your health, needs, and lifestyle.

If you are looking for a doctor that specializes in orthopedic medicine and the treatment of shoulder arthritis then call our Bergen County, NJ, practice today at (201) 612-9774 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Pollock.

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