Answers to Common Shoulder Pain Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about shoulder pain.

If someone had osteoarthritis, would it determine if they were getting reverse shoulder replacement or the conventional shoulder replacement?

Dr. Mark Zunkiewicz explains what would determine whether a patient would need a reverse shoulder replacement or a conventional shoulder replacement. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Conventional total shoulder replacement is typically the surgical option for a person who has shoulder arthritis, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AF). The shoulder consists of a ball and socket; total replacement involves replacing the ball and placing it in the natural socket of the shoulder, according to the AF.

Reverse total shoulder replacement is most effective for those with a torn rotator cuff, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). The procedure is appropriate for this condition because it relies on different muscles to move the arm, the AAOS states.

For more information about osteoarthritis and shoulder replacement, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Michael Herbenick, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Mark Zunkiewicz, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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