Arthritis is inflammation and breakdown of the joints. There are several forms of arthritis. The most common is osteoarthritis or “wear and tear,” as well as other forms such as rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. In the shoulder, arthritis can be very painful and can dramatically affect a person’s ability to sleep, do activities of everyday living, and engage in work or recreational activities. In many cases, the pain of shoulder arthritis can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications, exercises, and injections. In some cases, an arthroscopic debridement or “clean out” may be needed. In more advanced cases, however, a shoulder replacement may be required to obtain definitive improvements in pain relief, motion, strength, and function. Dr. Bushnell has extensive experience in shoulder replacement surgery with a history of excellent outcomes.
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