What are some nonsurgical treatment options for shoulder arthritis?

Dr. Mark Zunkiewicz explains nonsurgical treatment options for shoulder arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Some over-the-counter medications can alleviate the pain and stiffness of shoulder arthritis, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AF). Medications can also slow bone loss or alter the course of an inflammatory disease causing the pain, the AF states.

Physical therapy and exercise are also effective non-invasive treatment options, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). Other non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Corticosteroid injections in the shoulder can dramatically reduce the inflammation and pain
  • Dietary supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may help relieve pain
  • Icing the shoulder for 20 to 30 minutes two or three times a day to reduce inflammation
  • Moist heat
  • Rest or change in activities to avoid provoking pain

For more information about nonsurgical treatment options for shoulder arthritis, talk to your doctor.

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