Shoulder Arthritis


Shoulder Arthritis

Chronic and consistent pain in your shoulder may not just be stiffness; it may be something more serious. Shoulder arthritis in Peoria, IL is not something you should just ignore. Shoulder Arthritis can lead to progressive pain with activities of daily living and loss of shoulder motion. However, there are several treatment strategies that can help reduce your pain and improve your function. Dr. Miguel Ramirez, a Fellowship trained shoulder specialist, has had special training in the latest operative and non-operative modalities that can help patients return to their active lifestyles. Imagine a day free of shoulder pain! Our shoulder team led by Dr. Ramirez can make this happen. If you have shoulder arthritis in central Illinois and need assistance, call our office at (309) 676-5546 to make your appointment and take the first step towards a better quality of life.

What is Arthritis?

All of our joints are covered by a thin lining called cartilage. For a number of reasons including injury, trauma, infection, genetics, etc, this lining wears out like wearing the tread out of your tires. This leads to the commonly hear “bone on bone” arthritis, where the bones rub against each other, much like two pieces of sandpaper rubbing against each other. This leads to pain, popping, locking, catching and loss of motion.

Shoulder arthritis can be diagnosed by a medical professional, usually with an x-ray and a thorough physical exam. There are several different types of arthritis you could have inside your shoulder. Each of these has different causes, prognosis, and treatment options. The different types of arthritis include…

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy
  • Avascular necrosis

Symptoms of Shoulder Arthritis

The first symptom of shoulder arthritis most patients report feeling is pain and tenderness in the shoulder joint. The pain is often aggravated or elevated after activity or excessive use. Another symptom of shoulder arthritis involves stiffness and limited range of motion. If the type of arthritis is progressive, you can experience more severe symptoms. If you are experiencing chronic pain, you need to see an experienced surgeon for effective treatment options. Dr. Ramirez and his team will evaluate you and together you can create a treatment plan that fits your individual lifestyle and activity level.

For more information about treatment of shoulder arthritis in Peoria, IL, contact Dr. Miguel Ramirez. You can also Call us at (309) 676-5546 to schedule an initial consultation today!