Shoulder arthritis occurs when the smooth cartilage surface of the ball and socket wears, becomes uneven and results in a generally inflamed state of the shoulder joint. This is usually a gradual process that occurs as a result of genetic predisposition and/or wear and tear occurring over your lifetime. While the process is gradual, it is curiously common for the symptoms to have a relatively rapid onset. This can be managed (though not cured) with nonsurgical methods initially. Physical therapy can be helpful in selected instances but typically, activity modification (rest) and anti-inflammatory medication (oral or injected) can minimize symptoms for months to years. When the disease progresses and/or these measures lose effectiveness, shoulder replacement surgery is a highly successful option.
We are adept in the treatment of both chronic painful joint conditions and emergent injuries, having extensive experience with complex musculoskeletal injuries. Our surgeons have all trained in world-class facilities where the worst of the worst injuries were often flown in for high-level care. We are bringing that expertise to our home state.