Arthritis is the wear and tear of the surface of joints. Normal, healthy joints are covered with cartilage, a very slippery surface that allows painless gliding and movement between bones. When cartilage begins to break down, the bones underneath begin to rub together, much like two pieces of stone rubbing together. This causes pain, catching, clicking, and stiffness.
Standard treatments for shoulder arthritis include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications by mouth, and different types of injections including ultrasound-guided intra-articular injections. The goal of these treatments is to help patients live and use their shoulder as long as possible without resorting to surgical treatment.
Dr. Nelson trained with the world’s foremost experts in shoulder replacement at the world-renowned Shoulder Unit at the Centre Orthopedique Santy in Lyon, France. He is well-versed in the latest techniques of shoulder replacement, including computer-assisted surgical planning, standard "anatomic" shoulder replacement, and reverse total shoulder replacement.