Shoulder Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a worsening disease, otherwise known as degenerative arthritis, that gradually breaks down the cartilage in the joint. The cartilage is a strong and versatile connective tissue that cushions the ends of bones and joints. A shoulder with osteoarthritis of the shoulder may greatly affect a person’s way of life.


Osteoarthritis frequently erupts due to the deterioration of the cartilage over a period of time. This can also be brought about by a painful accident of the joint.

Osteoarthritis of the shoulder is a common occurrence among women, older people and those whose work involves increase tension on the shoulder. People with a particular ailment, bone malformation or a genetic susceptibility are considered as high risk patients.


A shoulder in good shape, has the head of the humerus is protected by a cartilage cover. A fit cartilage lets the bone to flow smoothly in between the joints. However, a shoulder stricken with osteoarthritis, the cartilage starts to degrade and erode. Recurring movements or trauma will hasten this degeneration.

The friction between the joints develops rough bony lumps along the fringes of the joints. Bone spurs, as they are called or osteophytes, will result to joint pains.


Indications of osteoarthritis of the shoulder include stiffness, swelling and pain on the bone joints. Movement will aggravate the experience. The shoulder may exhibit a much tender feel as pressure is applied. A grating sensation during arm movements may be experienced by the patient, along with stiffness of the arm which impedes the arm’s movement.


Treatment is dependent on the disease anatomical condition of the patient. Medical care is bespoke and prescribed, depending on the state of the knees. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory prescriptions, corticosteroid injections and of course physical therapy will be prescribed during the early stage of the condition to help remove the tension on the shoulders. Should this care plan fail and manifestations persist, a surgical solution will be offered to mend the joints.