What is osteoarthritis of the shoulder?

Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the cartilage and bone within the shoulder joint. The cartilage covers the surface of the shoulder bones, allowing for smooth, easy motion. Osteoarthritis progresses through several stages. Initially, the cartilage becomes softer and then developing cracks. This is followed by the cartilage deteriorating and flaking and finally wearing away and exposing the bone surface. The wearing away process then creates an irregular surface eventually leading to bone on bone contact. This degenerative joint disease affects millions of people around the world.

What are the symptoms of shoulder osteoarthritis?

  • Pain with motion
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of range of shoulder motion
  • A popping or grating sensation
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What treatment options are available?

If the symptoms persist, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoon. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed and a treatment plan can then be discussed based on the findings.

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