Overview

Arthritis of the Shoulder

Although most people think of the shoulder as several joints, there are really two joints in the area of the shoulder. One is located where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the tip of the shoulder bone (acromion). This is called the acromioclavicular or AC joint. The junction of the upper arm bone (humerus) with the shoulder blade (scapula) is called the glenohumeral joint. Both joints may be affected by arthritis. To provide you with effective treatment, your physician will need to determine which joint is affected and what type of arthritis you have.

Our Approach to Arthritis of the Shoulder

When treating shoulder arthritis, our goals are to relieve pain and restore function. We begin with nonsurgical approaches, such as medications, ice and heat treatments, and physical therapy. If these prove ineffective, surgery may be necessary. Surgical treatment generally works well to reduce pain and restore range of motion.

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UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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