What is Shoulder Arthritis - Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Patrick Chin, MD, MBA, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon, discusses What is Shoulder Arthritis - Orthopedic Surgery.

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Dr. Patrick Chin, MD, MBA, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon, discusses What is Shoulder Arthritis - Orthopedic Surgery.
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Featuring Dr. Patrick Chin, MD, MBA, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon
What is Shoulder Arthritis - Orthopedic Surgery
Duration: 2 minutes, 9 seconds    
    
Shoulder arthritis is basically a degeneration of the joint.  

It could be potentially any cause from known causes of joint degeneration from use. It could be from trauma. It could be from even inflammatory type processes such as rheumatoid arthritis.

The primary cause of osteoarthritis is actually unknown, but it is probably some immunological cause. In the shoulder it's not as prevalent as in the hip or the knee joint, only because humans walk and weight bear on their feet and their legs, and we don’t walk and weight bear on our arms.

Obviously over time though the shoulder can degenerate and can cause pain and subsequently stiffness. Most patients become systematic from shoulder arthritis at a later time in life, usually above 60s.  

We are seeing them in the younger patient population, partly because of the types of activities that we perform today – extreme sports and new injuries that occur are more severe and high velocity. But predominately tmore in the elderly population.

Obviously you can still have shoulder pain from other types of pathology like rotator cuff injuries. But other than that, there are other types of what we would call soft tissue, joint type injuries that you could tear and injure that result in pain.  

But again, the shoulder arthritis is, I would say, in a subset of elderly patients. It’s very high on our diagnosis list. As a result, if they present with pain and stiffness a baseline x-ray of the shoulder can help diagnose the problem.

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Chin, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Orthopaedic Surgeon

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