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