What are reasons a person would need a total shoulder replacement?

Dr. Griesser discusses why someone would need a total shoulder replacement. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


A total shoulder replacement is usually done when a person has such severe pain in their shoulder that it limits their ability to move their arm, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Causes of this kind of severe shoulder pain, according to the NIH, include: 

  • Badly broken arm bone near the shoulder
  • Badly damaged tissue in the shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Poor result of a previous shoulder surgery
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tumor in or around the shoulder

For more information about the reasons someone would need a total shoulder replacement, talk with your doctor.

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