Shoulder Arthritis Specialist

Austin Orthopedic Institute

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Austin, Marble Falls, and Bastrop, TX

Shoulder arthritis affects up to 33% of adults over the age of 60 today. Although not as common as arthritis in the hips and knees, shoulder arthritis is every bit as painful and limiting. If you’re in pain or have limited shoulder movement, there’s good news from leading orthopedic surgeon Joel H. Hurt, MD. At his three locations in Marble Falls, Austin, and Bastrop, Texas, Dr. Hurt offers a range of shoulder treatment options, from conservative care like injections to joint replacement. Book your appointment online or call the office to set up your consultation today.

Shoulder Arthritis Q & A

What are the symptoms of shoulder arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis refers to any type of arthritis in your shoulder joint. The most common form of shoulder arthritis is osteoarthritis, with other, less-common types including rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. All types of shoulder arthritis can cause symptoms that include:

  • Shoulder joint pain
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Popping or clicking sensation
  • Reduced range of motion

If you experience symptoms that indicate shoulder arthritis, schedule a visit with Dr. Hurt as soon as possible. He can evaluate your symptoms and diagnose your arthritis to come up with a personalized treatment plan for you. 

How is shoulder arthritis treated?

Dr. Hurt uses a range of approaches when treating shoulder arthritis. Usually, he starts with conservative (nonsurgical) treatments; if those don’t help, surgery could be the right option. 

Anti-inflammatory medication

Anti-inflammatory medication diminishes inflammation and relieves pain around the shoulder joint. There are over-the-counter and prescription anti-inflammatory medications for arthritis.

Steroid joint injections

Steroid joint injections can significantly reduce the pain of mild to moderate shoulder arthritis. 

Joint injections take 3-5 days to start working. They’re only a temporary solution, but they last much longer than oral medication. If you’re not ready for a shoulder replacement, this is often a good solution.

Physical therapy

With arthritis, it’s common to have serious shoulder pain and stiffness. You probably avoid moving too much due to the pain. But lack of joint movement only worsens your symptoms. 

Physical therapy helps you learn safe and effective ways to move your shoulder without causing pain or worsening the joint damage. 

Arthroscopic surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a simple procedure in which Dr. Hurt makes a small surgical incision and uses an arthroscope to see the inside of your shoulder joint through a tiny, built-in camera. 

Arthroscopy is a common diagnostic tool, but Dr. Hurt can perform repairs with it. For mild glenohumeral arthritis, in which cartilage breakdown leads to shoulder bone spurs, you might have arthroscopy before choosing more complex surgery like joint replacement. 

Joint replacement

Dr. Hurt customizes an individual surgical plan using a CT scan of your shoulder. 

During a shoulder joint replacement, Dr. Hurt removes some or all of the damaged joint and places plastic and metal components in those areas. Robotic surgery allows him to make the most precise surgical choices and gives you the fastest recovery. 

Which shoulder arthritis treatment is right for me?

A combination of treatments, such as medication and physical therapy or surgery and physical therapy, is frequently a good choice for shoulder arthritis. 

But every patient is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Dr. Hurt discusses your treatment options with you and explains them in detail. 

Book your shoulder arthritis consultation online or call the office of Austin Orthopedic Institute today.