Shoulder Arthritis

What is Shoulder Arthritis and how is it treated?

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What is Shoulder Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a condition characterized by the inflammation of the cartilage and soft tissues of the joints in the shoulder. Osteoarthritis that affects the shoulder can cause pain that makes it difficult for patients to use their arm properly or accomplish tasks of daily living.

The most important step patients who are experiencing shoulder pain can take is making an appointment with a shoulder specialist. Shoulder arthritis that is diagnosed in its early stages can be effectively treated using a variety of treatment options.


How is it treated?

At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Shoulder Specialists are experts at evaluating, diagnosing, and treating shoulder arthritis. Patients who are treated by the Shoulder Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates receive a customized treatment plan designed to reduce symptoms.

The majority of causes of shoulder arthritis are effectively treating using nonsurgical treatment options.

Treatment plans typically include a combination of the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • Rest and ice
  • Activity modification

Shoulder arthritis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options may require surgical intervention in the form of arthroscopic shoulder surgery or a partial or complete shoulder replacement. The Shoulder Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates are experts in performing a variety of procedures to treat shoulder arthritis and utilize the latest in surgical advancements to ensure that we can get you back to an active and healthy lifestyle.

Should I Make An Appointment?

Patients who are experiencing shoulder pain should not delay a diagnosis. Effective treatment solutions are readily available when patients make an appointment with one of our Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Shoulder Specialists:

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Dr. Gregory D. Byrd

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Dr. Bradley C. Christ

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Dr. Dominic Femiano

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Dr. Tracy Hamblin

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Dr. Thomas Helpenstell

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Dr. R. Trent McKay

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Dr. Ryan E. Will

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Dr. Williams Peterson

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Dr. Jerome Zechmann

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Dr. P. Brodie Wood

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Countless patients have seen their shoulder pain reduced or eliminated shortly after they receive their treatment plan. Patients may request an appointment online or call our office.

Recent Patient Testimonials

“Dr. McKay performed a repair to my right shoulder to include my rotator cuff, removed built-up arthritis and bone spurs. I now have no pain and consider the repairs to my shoulder to be a 100% recovery.  Dr. McKay is a miracle worker, because he was not sure he could repair it all, but he did and I would recommend him to anyone!!!”
Connie T.

Treated by: R. Trent McKay, MD

“My experience with Dr. Peterson with a knee and shoulder surgeries have been very pleasant and what I consider as very well done. He is very pleasant and knowledgeable with explaining what will be done with the surgeries. Very pleased with everyone at the clinic.”
Reba M.

Treated by: William Peterson, MD

I was extremely nervous because I was afraid I had hurt myself to the point of needing surgery. Dr. Helpenstell was very pleasant and made me feel at ease from the second we met. I was no longer scared and really felt that he cared about me personally. Not just some anonymous person. I would recommend anyone to go see Dr Helpenstell.”
Cindy B.

Treated by: Thomas Helpenstell, MD


Are You Ready To Take The Next Steps?

We encourage you to contact our care coordinators or make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified & Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedics.

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