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Dealing with severe shoulder pain

Shoulder replacements can now last up to 20 years


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May 3, 2017

     


A diagnosis of osteoarthritis can be tough. But golfing, swimming and tennis don’t have to be over. Neither do activities like playing catch with the grandkids and working out.

Some shoulder pain can be relieved with medicine, exercise, physical therapy, ice and heat. But if your pain still won’t go away, it may be time to consider shoulder replacement surgery.

When you move your shoulder, your bone, muscles, tendons and cartilage have to work together. They’re part of what makes lifting, reaching and flexing possible. But over time, the cartilage that cushions the bone in your shoulder joint can break down.

If you don’t have much of this cushioning left, surgery may be a good option for you. Surgery can also help if your pain is unbearable and won’t go away with other options.

Surgery replaces the damaged part of your upper arm bone, which can help with cartilage issues. Afterward, your shoulder won’t move as far as it did before. But it should feel better and have less pain.

Orthopedic centers have many options to relieve shoulder pain. Total joint replacement surgery is one of those options.

So when shoulder pain becomes unbearable, don’t shrug it off.

Artificial shoulder joints now last up to 20 years, according to Healthwise.

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Learn more and take a quiz about shoulder replacement on Healthwise Online Library.

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