While shoulder replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it can be a crucial part of relieving joint pain. Although the joint in the shoulder allows for great range of motion, it does not provide much stability, especially with repetitive use in sports, work, or other activities. Common shoulder injuries include tendonitis, arthritis, and bursitis to fracture, rotator cuff injuries, and instabilities. Shoulder pain can be felt within the joint, or in the surrounding muscles and tendons. This pain typically becomes more intense when the joint is used. If left untreated, this can lead to reduced flexibility and range of motion.
In shoulder replacement surgery, damaged parts of the shoulder are replaced with artificial components. Treatment can either replace the head of the humorous (ball) or replace both the ball and socket. Various causes of shoulder pain and disability include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Post-Traumatic Arthritis
- Rotator Cuff Tear Arthroplasty
- Avascular Necrosis/Osteonecrosis
- Severe Fractures
- Failed Previous Shoulder Replacement Surgery
There are several different types of shoulder replacement surgery and talking with your doctor can help you determine which one is right for you. Reverse shoulder replacement is also an option for people who have more severe shoulder complications such as a rotator cuff that is completely torn, a previously failed shoulder replacement, or severe arthritis.
Shoulder Replacement Procedures:
- Total Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse total shoulder replacement