Peter Hallam MS FRCS (Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Shoulder Joint Arthritis
Arthritis of the shoulder is not uncommon.

Pain and stiffness. Pain at night can be a particularly troubling feature.

X rays and sometimes either an MRI scan or CT scan.

Non-Operative:  Some arthritic shoulders joint respond to a course of physiotherapy.

Operative:  If there has been no improvement with physiotherapy then a shoulder replacement can be carried out.  The exact type of replacement surgery depends on x-ray findings and the state of the rotator cuff tendon. In most situations, the ball and socket are replaced.
Pre operative X-ray showing a arthritic shoulder joint
Post operative X-ray showing a resurfacing shoulder replacement
Post operative x ray of an anatomic total shoulder replacement
Post operative x ray of a reverse polarity shoulder replacement
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