Shoulder Osteoarthritis

Your risk of developing osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, increases with age. But a fracture, dislocation or other shoulder injury can lead to osteoarthritis even at a young age. As with most types of osteoarthritis, pain is a key symptom. Pain may be experienced while moving your shoulder and after completing a shoulder movement.

Our initial treatment of shoulder osteoarthritis is conservative and nonsurgical through the use of:

  • Lifestyle modifications and rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Ice or moist heat applications

Our goal through treatment is to restore pain-free function as much as possible using the least invasive approach to care whenever feasible. If nonsurgical treatments are not effective in relieving pain and improving shoulder mobility, surgery may be necessary.

Dr. Dietrich performs several advanced surgical treatment options to repair damaged cartilage and bone, including total shoulder arthroplasty (shoulder joint replacement with an artificial joint) and resection arthroplasty (removal of a small piece of the end of the collarbone). Resection arthroplasty is a common surgical treatment for arthritis of the AC joint and associated rotator cuff problems.

Dr. Dietrich will discuss all treatment options to determine the procedure that’s right for you—and manage your recovery every step of the way.