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    Aging doesn’t mean you have to live with pain every day. In fact, even arthritis, one of the insidious conditions that often accompanies the aging process, doesn’t have to slow you down. When the infliction strikes your shoulder, you’ll notice considerable lack of mobility. Thanks to the advanced diagnostic and treatment options available at a pain clinic near you, you have options. Visit the experienced, caring team of pain specialists at New York City pain management for a thorough evaluation and proven treatment options.

    Your shoulder joint is actually made up of two separate joints:

    Arthritis can affect either of these joints, causing shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness and reduced mobility. If you’re battling rheumatoid arthritis, both joints may be affected. Although the pain and discomfort of shoulder arthritis can feel similar regardless which joint is involved, effective treatment works best when you rely on the most advanced diagnostic techniques employed by the leading pain doctors in Midtown at New York pain management clinic.

    Symptoms of Arthritis in the Shoulder

    Shoulder Arthritis Treatment in NYCThe most common symptom of shoulder arthritis is pain. Your pain is often aggravated by activity, and it can get progressively worse if left untreated. If the AC joint is arthritic, the pain usually radiates from the front of your shoulder. If the glenohumeral joint is affected, the pain emanates from the back of your shoulder and often seems to change with weather conditions. Other symptoms include:

    Diagnosing Your Shoulder Arthritis

    A physical exam, along with a medical history and x-rays, are the best diagnostic tools for arthritis in the shoulder. During your exam, your best shoulder arthritis specialist in NYC may also assess:

    An x-ray may show evidence of bone spurs, narrowing of the normal spaces between the joints, or any other changes or malformations in the bones and surrounding structures. The x-ray images help your pain management specialist determine the method of treatment that will provide the most relief.

    Treatment Options for Shoulder Arthritis

    The pain doctors in Manhattan deliver the latest in pain treatment options. They always begin with the least invasive methods of treating your shoulder arthritis. Rest, changing activities, over-the-counter pain relievers, and hot and cold packs work well to treat the initial stages of arthritis.

    If you’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, prescription medications or site-specific corticosteroid injections very often relieve your pain successfully while reducing any inflammation. Physical therapy also helps to increase flexibility and strengthen adjoining muscles to take pressure off your affected joints.

    Supporting Your Shoulders

    There is no cure for arthritis, but treating it early is beneficial to slow the disease and minimize the damage. If you catch it early, you can begin to incorporate exercise and lifestyle modifications, as recommended by your pain doctor to help alleviate pain. Shoulder exercises condition the muscles and provide relief and support for your shoulder arthritis. Exercises include:

    Osteoarthritis involves the breakdown of your joints. Pressure, wear-and-tear and inflammation can cause small pieces of bone to break off or ligaments or tendons, like your rotator cuff, to develop tears. Minimally invasive surgery may be required to remove these offending pieces or repair tears.

    Drastic Measures

    For younger or more robust individuals, complete shoulder replacement techniques are being perfected and may soon become commonplace. If you opt for shoulder replacement, you may find a complete reversal of arthritic symptoms once you’ve fully recovered. But recovery in this sense may require a minimum of six weeks.

    You must have the following characteristics to undergo shoulder replacement surgery:

    While arthritis hits many older Americans, you don’t have to just live with its consequences. The nationally recognized pain specialists at Pain Management Clinic NYC can find the best treatment options available for your shoulder arthritis concerns. Contact us today for an appointment.

    Page Modified on Dec 12, 2023 by Dr. Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD (Pain Management Doctor)
    Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD | Interventional Pain Management Doctor in New York City

    Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD, is a top-rated, best-in-class interventional pain management doctor. He is board-certified in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, and Palliative Care.

    Dr. Kosharskyy is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical College. He’s also the Associate Medical Director of Pain Medicine and Director of Anesthesia for the Joint Replacement Center at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical College.

    He is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA)

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    The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class pain management specialist in NYC regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your pain doctor in Manhattan, to schedule a consultation.