Ask the Expert: Shoulder Video Series
About the video: What are the most common symptoms and treatments for shoulder arthritis?
Sports Medicine experts Dr. Brent Warner and Dr. Scott Pepin, disucss the most common symptoms and treatment options for shoulder arthritis.
Meet Dr. Brent Warner
Dr. Warner’s approach: “As an athlete, I understand the profound impact that an injury can have on a patient’s life and well-being. My goal is to return people to activity as quickly and safely as possible, whether that’s training for an ultramarathon or walking the dog around the block.”
Dr. Warner’s education: Dr. Warner received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. He completed his medical doctorate at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, and his residency took place at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. For advanced fellowship training, he attended the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, CO.
Meet Dr. Scott Pepin
Dr. Pepin’s approach: “Having my own personal experiences in sustaining injuries and the subsequent recovery process helps provide me insight into my own patients’ conditions and what they are going through. I also understand the importance of and strive to help return my patients back to the activities they want to do, whether that be to walk around the block or return to high-level sports performance.”
Dr. Pepin’s education: After earning his undergraduate degree at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Pepin completed medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He then went on to complete his residency at Indiana University Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as a Ortholndy Sports Medicine Fellowship in Indianapolis.
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Symptoms of arthritis in the shoulder typically include pain – that’s most often pain with trying to use or move the shoulder. Lots of people who have shoulder arthritis will see their range of motion decrease progressively over time. And many of them can develop what we call crepitus. That’s things like clicking and grinding within their shoulder when they try to move and use it. Thankfully, we don’t walk on our shoulders like we do on our hips and knees. So patients can actually do quite well for quite a long time, even with pretty advanced arthritis in their shoulders, as long as they can keep some decent functional motion and strength across the joint. Initial treatment for shoulder arthritis is often doing a cortisone injection deep within the joint, and then sometimes some physical therapy. If you eventually get to the point where through these injections and therapy, you’re not getting adequate pain relief and it’s really affecting your activities of daily living, the next line of treatment would be a total joint replacement of the shoulder.