January 09, 2019

Treating Arthritis in the Shoulder

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Arthritis is a progressive disease.
When the smooth cartilage on the ends

of the joint wear away, this leads to
bone-on-bone arthritis.

And with the case of shoulder arthritis,
typically patients present with pain and

dysfunction either secondary to stiffness
and/or weakness within their

shoulder joint. Conservative measures
can often prolong a patient's ability

to live with arthritis, and it's more
about management of the symptoms

initially. Common conservative-type
treatments include rest or

lifestyle modifications.
Oftentimes general stretching and

strengthening exercises can improve a
patient's functionality as can the

occasional or spare use of a
corticosteroid injection.

I tell patients that they will tell me
when the time is right for some type

of surgical procedure. And surgical
management is very much predicated

upon what the patient's disease
process is. It can be something as simple

as a minimally invasive arthroscopy
which is where we stick a camera

in the joint and clean up areas
of arthritis commonly referred

to as an arthroscopic debridement.
However, if the disease is a little bit

more progressive, then oftentimes that's
when we will talk about performing a

joint replacement. You know,
it all is dependent upon a patient's

symptoms and how greatly they're able to
function living with arthritis.

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Baptist Health Lexington: Treating Arthritis in the Shoulder

Learn the symptoms of arthritis and how shoulder arthritis is treated from Daniel Hackett, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health Lexington.

Treating Arthritis in the Shoulder HealthTalks Transcript

Daniel Hackett, MD, Orthopedic Surgery:
Arthritis is a progressive disease. When the smooth cartilage on the ends of the joint wear away, this leads to bone-on-bone arthritis. With the case of shoulder arthritis, typically, patients present with pain and dysfunction, either secondary to stiffness and/or weakness within their shoulder joint.

Conservative measures can often prolong a patient’s ability to live with arthritis. It’s more about management of the symptoms initially, common conservative type treatments include rest or lifestyle modifications. Oftentimes, general stretching and strengthening exercises can improve a patient’s functionality, as can the occasional or sparing use of a corticosteroid injection.

I tell patients that they will tell me when the time is right for some type of surgical procedure. Surgical management is very much predicated upon what the patient’s disease process is. It can be something as simple as a minimally invasive arthroscopy, which is where we stick a camera in the joint and clean up areas of arthritis, commonly referred to as an arthroscopic debridement. However, if the disease is a little bit more progressive, then oftentimes, that’s when we will talk about performing a joint replacement. It all is dependent upon a patient’s symptoms and how greatly they’re able to function with living with arthritis.

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