Dr. Fagelman, a board certified shoulder surgeon, has extensive experience in treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions including Shoulder Arthritis, Frozen Shoulder, SLAP Tear etc. The doctor uses advanced techniques to diagnose the underlying cause of the condition and provide effective treatment.

Shoulder Arthritis

Shoulder Arthritis is a condition characterized by degeneration of the protective cartilage within the joint. The smooth cartilage lines the inside of the shoulder joint and allow smooth movement of the bones. As this cartilage wears out, the bones may start to rub against each other cause inflammation of the shoulder joint. Weightlifters, racquet sports players and people above the age of 50 years are more likely to develop Shoulder Arthritis.

Causes Of Shoulder Arthritis

  • Trauma
  • Repetitive use of shoulder
  • Genetic factors
  • Medical conditions such as Shoulder Dislocation, fractures etc.
  • Poor bone alignment or bone spurs  

Symptoms Of Shoulder Arthritis

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness in the shoulder
  • Limited range of motion
  • Inflammation
  • Snapping sensation while moving the shoulder

Diagnosis Of Shoulder Arthritis:

The orthopedic surgeon may physically examine the joint and check for the various symptoms of Shoulder Arthritis. He may conduct imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI and CT scan to evaluate the extent of damage. Blood tests may also be recommended to rule out other conditions.  

Treatment For Shoulder Arthritis

Non-surgical treatment:

  • Physiotherapy: The doctor may recommend specific exercises to improve the muscle strength and joint mobility.
  • Medications: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and discomfort.  He may also recommend corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation.   
  • Rest: The patient may be advised to take rest to prevent further damage to the shoulder joint.  Vigorous activities such as weightlifting, jumping etc. that aggravate the condition must be avoided.
  • Icing and heat therapy: Application of ice packs at frequent intervals can help to ease pain and swelling. Heat therapy can also be beneficial in relieving the symptoms.  

Surgical treatment

If non-surgical treatment does not relieve the symptoms, the doctor may recommend surgery.

  • Arthroscopy: In this procedure, the surgeon uses an arthroscope, a small camera to make incisions in the shoulder joint and repair the damaged tissues.  
  • Shoulder replacement surgery: This procedure involves replacing the damaged parts of the shoulder with artificial implants. There are two types of shoulder replacement surgeries:
  • Hemiarthroplasty: When a metal implant is placed in the upper arm bone (humerus), it is called hemiarthroplasty.
  • Total shoulder arthroplasty: When both the humeral head and glenoid are replaced, it is known as total shoulder arthroplasty.

For treatment of Shoulder Arthritis and other orthopedic conditions, visit Dr. Fagelman. To schedule an appointment with the shoulder surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.