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Is my Shoulder Pain Arthritis?

In the shoulder, there are two joints which can be affected by arthritis. This includes the main shoulder joint which provides the most movement and is a ball-in-socket joint, and a smaller joint called the acromioclavicular joint. ¹

Some of the symptoms you may experience with arthritis in the shoulder are; ²

– Fatigue

– Rheumatoid nodules (bumps under the skin)

– Stiff shoulder joints

– Warmth or tenderness in joints

– Swelling

If you think you might be suffering from shoulder arthritis, you should speak to your doctor for medical advice. It is likely that after discussing your symptoms and medical history, your doctor will examine your shoulder and look for signs of weakness, tenderness, signs of previous injury and the possible involvement of other joints.³

There are several ways you can help manage your shoulder pain, like for example heat or cold therapy. An ice pack may be helpful if your shoulder is swollen. Leave an ice pack wrapped in a damp towel for no more than 20 minutes. Alternatively, if you can use heat packs or a hot water bottle. Another method of managing shoulder pain is to use painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. A doctor or pharmacist will be able to advise you on which medication is best for you.

If your joint pain is arthritis, sometimes pain can be worse with inactivity and is often more noticeable at night time or first thing in the morning.

As with other arthritic conditions, initial treatment is usually nonsurgical. This can include rest and physical therapy. Visiting a physical therapist may help you to increase the range of motion in your shoulder joints.

There are many causes of arthritis, and although the specific causes remain unclear, there are a number of factors known to increase risk of developing arthritis in the shoulder. This includes being over the age of 50, being overweight, having a previous shoulder injury and genetics. Women are also more likely to suffer from arthritis than men, especially after menopause.

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