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Individualized Pain Management Plans at Gramercy Pain Center

While shoulder pain from a sudden injury is usually short-lived and easily treatable, chronic pain that arises from the natural wear and tear of the bones, joints, and ligaments can be extremely debilitating and affect your quality of life.

Let our team at Gramercy Pain Center take care of your shoulder condition and help provide long-term pain relief so you can continue living your best life. Whether you experience discomfort from a rotator cuff tear or shoulder arthritis, our doctors will provide you with an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best treatment to help you recover.

Common Causes of Shoulder Arthritis

Your shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the body and it is made up of numerous interconnected bones, muscles, and tendons. Some of the important structures of the shoulder joint are the upper arm bone, collarbone, shoulder blade, glenohumeral joint, and rotator cuff.

Shoulder arthritis is a condition that affects any one of the joints that keep the shoulder in place. It is usually caused by inflammation and cartilage loss which is a result of gradual wear and tear of the shoulder joint. Other possible reasons for developing shoulder arthritis are:

  • Traumatic accidents which can cause shoulder dislocation, rotator cuff injury, or bone fracture
  • Repetitive use of shoulder muscles which put excessive stress on the joints and soft tissues
  • Being of old age
  • Genetic condition or congenital defect such as poor shoulder bone alignment
  • Being overweight
  • Having an autoimmune condition that can attack your cartilage and shoulder joints

Different Types of Shoulder Arthritis

At Gramercy Pain Center, our shoulder arthritis specialist is trained to expertly assess your condition and determine the severity of your symptoms. Some of the common types of arthritis that can affect the shoulder are:

Rheumatoid arthritis

This is a chronic condition that is usually caused by an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks the healthy tissues in the shoulder. With this type of shoulder arthritis, the joints, joint lining, and cartilage become inflamed or swell to the point that it leads to stiffness and severe pain.

Shoulder osteoarthritis

This is the most common type of degenerative condition that affects the smooth cartilage of the shoulder bone. As you get old, the soft tissues and articular cartilage that cushions the shoulder joints get worn from overuse. This will cause the bones to rub against each other and lead to joint pain and shoulder tenderness.

Posttraumatic arthritis

When you suffer an unfortunate accident or injury that results in shoulder instability or dislocation, there’s a chance that you can develop post-traumatic arthritis. This type of arthritis can cause fluid buildup in the shoulder joint and lead to swelling and pain.

Rotator cuff tear arthropathy

This type of shoulder arthritis develops because of untreated large tears or injury in the rotator cuff. With a torn rotator cuff, the upper arm bone will no longer be able to stay in the socket and begin to move against the acromion which can damage the cartilage of the shoulder bone.

Avascular necrosis of the shoulder

Also known as osteonecrosis, this form of arthritis refers to the degeneration or death of a bone or joint tissue. This occurs because of a lack of blood supply to the shoulder which eventually weakens the joints and makes it more prone to injuries and arthritis.

Signs That You Need to See A Specialist for Shoulder Arthritis

You can visit our shoulder doctors at Gramercy Pain Center and have a consultation as soon as you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Elbow pain or dull ache in the joints or shoulder bones
  • Tenderness or swelling around the shoulder joint
  • Have difficulty moving or raising your upper arms
  • Prolonged shoulder joint stiffness and weakness
  • Loss of sleep due to severe pain when you lie on the side
  • A clicking or popping sound when you move your shoulders

Effective Shoulder Pain Treatments at Gramercy Pain Center

At Gramercy Pain Center, we take an integrated approach to addressing and treating your shoulder arthritis and other related injuries. Our team of board-certified physicians is committed to providing the best treatments possible and giving you exceptional patient care to help you improve your quality of life.

Our shoulder arthritis doctors are trained in the latest techniques and modalities in physical medicine and interventional pain management. Some of the minimally invasive procedures and pain relief services that we offer are:

  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve block treatments
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Hyaluronic injections
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Disc decompressions
  • Cryoablation
  • Physical therapy

Since there’s no current treatment to reverse arthritis, our team can offer ways to manage your symptoms and shoulder pain. Talk with our shoulder specialist today and we’ll create a custom treatment plan for your specific arthritis condition.

Let Gramercy Pain Center Help You Recover From Shoulder Arthritis

Although there’s no cure for shoulder arthritis, it’s completely manageable with the help of specialized pain relief treatments. At Gramercy Pain Center, we can help you live with your shoulder condition so it won’t interfere with your work and activities.

Our shoulder arthritis specialist can perform a thorough evaluation to determine your source of pain and suggest an appropriate action to remedy it. With our wide variety of nonsurgical treatment options, we can reduce your discomfort from shoulder arthritis and help you achieve a pain-free life.

FAQs About Shoulder Arthritis Treatment and Management

Q: What is the process of developing a treatment plan for my shoulder condition?

A: First, you will have a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists. We will then perform a physical exam as well as some diagnostic imaging tests and bloodwork to assess your shoulder condition and current health. Our shoulder doctor will create a treatment based on the outcome of the tests and the severity of your shoulder arthritis symptoms.

Q: When is shoulder surgery an option for arthritis?

A: We recommend getting orthopedic surgery only when your symptoms don’t seem to improve from other forms of treatment and pain relief methods. If the results of the consultation show that you have advanced shoulder arthritis, we may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon to discuss possible shoulder arthroscopy or joint replacement.

Q: What are the possible options for shoulder arthritis surgery?

A: Some of the common surgical options for shoulder arthritis are total shoulder replacement surgery, reverse shoulder replacement, and total shoulder arthroplasty. An orthopedic specialist can suggest the best surgical treatment depending on the extent of your symptoms.

Experience Quality Care and Pain Relief Treatments at Gramercy Pain Center

With our effective pain management solutions and treatments, your days of living with chronic shoulder arthritis are over. Our compassionate and caring team at Gramercy Pain Center is ready to help you with your shoulder pain concerns and enhance your quality of life. Contact us now or schedule an appointment with us online.