Treatment depends upon the severity of the arthritis and the patients symptoms. Initially non-surgical treatment methods are recommended, including modalities like ice, activity modifications, and medications (such as Tylenol or anti-inflammatory medications).
If these options fail to control the symptoms, cortisone injections into the shoulder may be attempted. If these injections are unsuccessful, shoulder replacement surgery may be recommended. In this surgery, the arthritic surfaces of the bones are removed and replaced with highly durable metal and plastic components, which eliminates the pain.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr Aboka performs cutting-edge shoulder replacement surgery and reverse shoulder replacement, utilizing the latest in innovative technology and superior implants. This procedure requires a brief hospital stay, and patients usually go home the day after surgery, with significant improvement of their long-standing pain.