As we get older, the chance of developing osteoarthritis of the shoulder increases. In addition, shoulder injuries can lead to arthritis in younger people. For the best diagnosis and treatment of shoulder arthritis, come and see the leading Manchester shoulder doctor, Vipul Dua, MD. His practice provides state of the art nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical care including arthroscopic procedures and robotic-assisted procedures so you may rapidly return to activity. Our professional and welcoming staff focuses on patient education, comfort, and quick recovery. Dr. Dua offers comprehensive treatments for many orthopedic problems including plantar fasciitis, hip and knee reconstruction or replacement, partial knee replacement, hip and knee revision surgery, shoulder surgery including rotator cuff repair, fracture surgery, and arthritis management.
Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease. It occurs when the cartilage that covers the tops of bones, known as articular cartilage, degenerates or wears down. This causes swelling, pain, and sometimes the development of bone spurs. The shoulder is made up of two joints, the acromioclavicular (AC) joint and the glenohumeral joint. The AC joint is the point where the collarbone, or clavicle, meets the acromion, which is the tip of the shoulder blade. The glenohumeral joint is the point where the top of the arm bone, or humerus, meets the shoulder blade, or scapula. Osteoarthritis is more commonly found in the AC joint. To diagnose this condition, the Manchester shoulder doctor will assess your pain and range of motion. Moving the shoulder might also produce a clicking or creaking noise. He will order certain tests to confirm the diagnosis such as x-rays, blood work, analysis of the synovial fluid, and an MRI.
Dr. Dua, the top Manchester shoulder doctor, treats your shoulder arthritis according to the severity of your condition. He will always offer non-invasive therapies before suggesting surgery. He may suggest that you rest the shoulder joint to address joint inflammation, take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, have physical therapy, apply either most heat or ice to the joint, or prescribe other medications. If nonsurgical treatments do not work effectively, there are surgeries available that can restore flexibility and function to your shoulder. Dr. Dua offers many options to treat shoulder arthritis. Give him a call today to see which treatments work best for you.