Shoulder Arthritis

Arthritis is often referred to as a single condition. It is in fact an umbrella term for a multitude of medical conditions that effect the joints (where two or more bones meet).

The problems relating to arthritis can include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage and surrounding structures. The symptoms from shoulder arthritis include joint weakness and joint instability which can interfere with daily tasks. Arthritis can cause pain ranging from mild to moderate to severe. X-Ray representation of shoulder with arthritis conditionFortunately, the majority of arthritis patients do not require invasive treatments, such as surgery.

Shoulder arthritis can advance to a point where symptoms such as pain, stiffness and loss of function may occur. This is called ‘advanced arthritis’ where there is progressive loss of the bearing surface within the joint which can ultimately lead to destruction of the joint.

Here at Wakefield Orthopaedic Clinic we have a team of specialised Orthopaedic surgeons who are able to provide treatment options for patients experiencing a range of symptoms including advanced shoulder arthritis.

Osteoarthritis in shoulders

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, with 8% of people over 60 years old experiencing moderate to severe pain. Osteoarthritis occurs when the bearing surface of a joint undergoes ‘wear and tear’ resulting in the joint wearing thin.

There are several contributing factors to osteoarthritis. Genetics can play apart in the susceptibility to this disease, but the main cause is usually abnormal loading of the joints.

Osteoarthritis in shoulder - thinning of cartilage between bones

At present there is no proven medication or treatments to reverse or completely stop the progression of osteoarthritis once it has begun. However, our specialists at Wakefield Orthopaedic Clinic are here to consult with anyone seeking a management plan to slow down and manage the symptoms of this condition.

Post-Traumatic Arthritis

Post-traumatic arthritis can develop in the shoulder following a traumatic injury to the joint, such as previous fractures or invasive surgeries. This condition tends to advance due to the alterations and irregularities in the joint surface and underlying bone structure from these events. If you would like any further details regarding this condition please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our rooms.

Rheumatoid Arthritis in shoulders

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic condition involving the immune system and, in some cases, internal organs. This disease can affect the whole body but focuses on the lining of the joints. It causes inflammation, swelling and discomfort within the joint lining resulting in a stiff and tender joint within the shoulder. The symptoms displayed with rheumatoid arthritis may change over time and ‘flare-up’s are common for those with this condition.

Our team at Wakefield Orthopaedic Clinic have treatment pathways and management plans available to assist you with arthritis of the shoulder.


If you would like to enquire further about shoulder diagnosis and treatment options available – feel free to get in touch.