Arthritis is disease of the joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in weight-bearing joints such as the knee, hip, and spine. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many treatment options to manage pain and live an active life.
In a shoulder affected by arthritis, inflammation causes pain and stiffness. The shoulder is made up of 3 bones – upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and collarbone (clavicle).
It has two joints. One joint is located where the clavicle meets the tip of the shoulder blade (acromion). This is called the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. The other joint is where the head of the humerus fits into the scapula, called the glenohumeral joint.
Determining which joint is affected and the type of arthritis, you will be advised treatment accordingly.
TYPES OF SHOULDER ARTHRITIS: The shoulder can be affected by five different types of arthritis: