Shoulder Arthritis

Shoulder Arthritis Services Offered in Houston, TX

Shoulder arthritis may cause pain and stiffness that makes it hard for you to do everyday things like brush your hair or lift a bag of groceries. Alain E. Elbaz, MD, PLLC, in Houston, Texas, provides innovative treatments for shoulder arthritis to reduce pain and improve mobility. Dr. Elbaz wants nothing more than to provide the simplest and safest treatments that allow you to get back to doing what you need to do. To learn more about shoulder arthritis treatments, call or schedule an appointment online today. Telemedicine appointments are available.

Shoulder Arthritis Q&A

What is shoulder arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis is inflammation in the shoulder joint, causing pain and stiffness. Your shoulder has two joints: the ball and socket joint, where your upper arm bone and shoulder blade meet (glenohumeral joint) and where the clavicle meets the tip of your shoulder blade (acromioclavicular joint).

Shoulder arthritis may occur in either one of these joints. With arthritis, the inflammation causes pain and stiffness that may make it difficult for you to manage your day-to-day activities.

What are some of the types of shoulder arthritis?

Arthritis is a general medical term that means joint inflammation. Many types of arthritis affect the shoulder, including Osteoarthritis — Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of shoulder arthritis that develops from the gradual wearing away of the cartilage that separates the bones in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the lining of a joint. This type of arthritis may affect any joint in the body but tends to affect the same joints on both sides of the body, including both shoulder joints. Post-traumatic arthritis is a type of osteoarthritis that develops following a shoulder injury, like a dislocation.

Early diagnosis and treatment of your shoulder arthritis may help prevent or delay joint damage and the need for shoulder replacement surgery.

What can I expect during a shoulder arthritis evaluation?

Dr. Elbaz is an experienced orthopedic physician, and you can expect a thorough and professional exam during your shoulder arthritis evaluation. He asks detailed questions about your symptoms and how they affect your day-to-day routine.

Dr. Elbaz reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and movement of the shoulder. He may request imaging studies to assess the severity of your arthritis and joint damage.

What are the treatments for shoulder arthritis?

Dr. Elbaz uses the simplest, safest, and least expensive treatment for shoulder arthritis. Treatments may include:

  • Activity Modification
  • Physical Therapy
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication
  • Corticosteroid Injections
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
  • Lipogems® Adipose/Fat Therapy
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Anatomic Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Dr. Elbaz is recognized as an expert in regenerative orthopedics and uses biologic and ortho-biologic agents to amplify your body’s natural healing process, reducing inflammation and pain and potentially delaying the need for surgical intervention.
However, if you have severe joint damage from your shoulder arthritis, Dr. Elbaz may recommend shoulder replacement surgery.

For innovative management of your shoulder arthritis, call Alain E. Elbaz, MD, PLLC, or schedule an appointment online today.