Can Arthritis Be Causing Your Shoulder Pain?

The answer to the question “can arthritis be the cause of your shoulder pain?” is yes. Several types of arthritis can cause friction and inflammation in your shoulders that may lead to pain. However, you may be able to reduce your shoulder pain with the right physical therapy. 

At Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, our team is proud to help the residents of Edison, Union and Woodbridge, New Jersey get the physical therapy they need. One thing we believe is that goals are the backbone of a therapy plan. That’s why our team will listen to your concerns and help you to set reachable goals for your therapy. We’ll also offer one-on-one support throughout your entire therapy process. It’s these practices that may help you more effectively deal with the arthritis that’s causing you shoulder pain. 

Two types of arthritis that can be the cause of your shoulder pain

Our team is well aware that arthritis can be the cause of your shoulder pain. In fact, there are many types of arthritis that may be causing your pain. However, our team commonly sees two types of arthritis at work when patients complain of shoulder discomfort. 

The first type of arthritis that we notice leading to shoulder issues is osteoarthritis. We often see osteoarthritis develop after patients have had a shoulder injury. Old age and heavy shoulder joint use are also common reasons we see this type of arthritis develop. What all of these causes have in common is that they put stress on the cartilage in your shoulder joint. This stress causes the cartilage to wear away. We can tell you that without your cartilage, your shoulder bones will start to rub against each other. The rubbing may cause you to have symptoms such as pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion.

The second type of arthritis our team often sees connected with shoulder discomfort is rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs in your shoulders because your immune system is attacking your own body. Our team knows that with this form of arthritis, your body attacks the thin membrane that lines your shoulder joint. This membrane is known as the synovium. We can also tell you’ll notice several symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Some of these symptoms may include: 

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Loss of function

If you have either of these two types of arthritis or any other shoulder issue, Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation wants to help you. We may even be able to help you reduce the pain and other symptoms of your arthritis. 

Are you ready to fight back against arthritis that’s causing you shoulder pain? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.

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