Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder

Top Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Surgeons Specializing in Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis of the shoulder can severely impact a person's lifestyle.

What is osteoarthritis of the shoulder?

This detailed video describes osteoarthritis, including its causes and risk factors, progression, bone spur formation, symptoms, and treatment. Treatment options depend on the severity of the arthritis. In the early stages, the shoulder may be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. If these methods are not helpful, surgery may be needed to repair or replace the joint.