Degenerative conditions of the shoulder
Cartlidge in the shoulder can wear down over time.
Cartilage is the thin tissue that covers bone surfaces providing smooth, friction free movement. Wear and tear, injury or repetitive overhead movements like tennis can cause the cartilage in your shoulder to wear down (shoulder arthritis).
Symptoms of degenerative conditions of the shoulder include:
- Pain, sometimes very severe
- Swelling around the joint
- Limited range of motion
- A feeling of catching or grinding in the joint
Taking over the counter pain killers like ibuprofen or paracetamol as well as resting and icing your shoulder may relieve your symptoms. Sometimes physiotherapy is needed to help you regain your range of motion and promote healing.
Steroid injections may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases surgery may be recommended.
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Related treatments and procedures
Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)
The rotator cuff is formed of four tendons and the adjacent muscles that attach your arm to the top of your shoulder blade, which gives the shoulder stability and control. Tears to the rotator cuff tendon can occur for many reasons including acute injury, overuse or normal age-related changes.