Circumstances can vary, but generally patients are considered for total joint replacement if they have functional limitations that restrict not only work and recreation, but also ordinary activities of daily living. Other considerations include:
- Pain is not relieved by more conservative methods of treatment – such as medications (including injections of cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory medication) and physical therapy – and/or by restricting activities.
- Stiffness in the joint is marked and significantly limits range of motion of the arm.
- X-rays show advanced arthritis or other problems.
Advancements in Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder replacement has been proven to relieve severe shoulder pain and restore function in the vast majority of patients. Additionally, advancements in the design of shoulder prostheses allow the potential for patients to restore their range of motion. The primary goal after shoulder replacement is diminished pain. Shoulder replacements are not performed to improve range of motion or strength.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 23,000 people have shoulder replacement surgery each year. Shoulder problems may arise because of injury to the soft tissues of the shoulder, overuse or underuse of the shoulder, or even because of damage to the tissues. Shoulder problems result in pain, which may be localized to the joint or travel to areas around the shoulder or down the arm.
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