Shoulder Arthritis

What is Shoulder Arthritis and how is it treated?

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.