Orthopedics & Sports Medicine blog

November 22, 2017

Signs and Symptoms of Degenerative Shoulder Problems

Shoulders are our most flexible joints. That flexibility comes with risk of arthritis, tendinitis, tears and dislocation. Degenerative shoulder problems are caused by wear and tear of the soft tissue in your shoulder. This happens most often in your late 40s, 50s and 60s. True arthritis of the shoulder is usually seen in people in their 60s and 70s.

People often ignore shoulder pain far too long. Symptoms of degenerative issues include:
  • Pain and weakness
  • Inability to lift your arm to shoulder height or over your head
  • Pain while holding onto a steering wheel
  • Popping or grinding noise
  • Pain that persists while sleeping
  • Pain that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications
Treatment options vary and could include:
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections or anti-inflammatory medications for temporary pain relief
  • Surgery
These orthopedic surgeons offer shoulder surgery at Sauk Prairie Healthcare:

To learn more about shoulder surgery options and our orthopedic surgeons, contact our joint care coordinator at 608-643-7689.

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