Shoulder Pain | Replacing Your Worn Shoulder
Replacing Your Worn Shoulder
A stiff, painful shoulder can keep you from doing even simple things, like dressing yourself or carrying groceries. But there’s good news. A worn-out shoulder can be replaced, just as a bad hip or knee can be. Shoulder replacement is safe and reliable. Surgery relieves the pain and may let you return to many of your normal activities.
When Your Shoulder Hurts
If you do heavy work or play active sports, your shoulder may have become worn and arthritic from overuse or torn from an injury. Or you may have a chronic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, that has destroyed the joint. If you’ve had a bad fall, you may have broken your shoulder. Whatever the cause, your shoulder is stiff and painful. You may not be able to use your arm to reach behind your back or over your head. Your pain may be worse at night, when you’re active, or when it’s cold and damp. If heat, rest, exercise, and medication haven’t relieved your pain, your doctor may be recommending replacement surgery.
Replacement Surgery Can Help
Shoulder replacement surgery almost always relieves pain and may give you more strength and movement in your shoulder. During surgery, an orthopaedic surgeon (a doctor who specializes in treating bone and joint diseases) replaces all or part of your problem shoulder with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. The prosthesis replaces the rough, worn parts of your shoulder with smooth metal and plastic parts.