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When To Choose Shoulder Replacement
By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
July 26, 2022

Shoulders are very complex joints and the more complicated a joint is, the more likely it is to end up with issues. Shoulder replacement in Manassas, VA is not usually the first choice, but in some cases, it may be necessary. Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists with offices in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA has a team of skilled surgeons who can provide shoulder replacement surgery and lots more.

About the Shoulder Joint

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, and it has more mobility than any other joint in your body. Four muscles and tendons make up the rotator cuff, and it is very helpful in the movement of the shoulder. Think about all the different movements that your shoulder can make. It's quite amazing.

Common Shoulder Conditions

Shoulders can be damaged by injuries and also by wear and tear due to aging. Osteoarthritis is a common reason for shoulder pain, and it can include spurs. Spurs can cause a tear to the tendon or muscle of the rotator cuff, which also causes pain. Frozen shoulder is also a common condition that causes loss of mobility and pain. These are just a few of the many conditions that can affect this joint.

Treatments for Shoulder Conditions

When you go to your orthopedic doctor, they will start with conservative treatment, including anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone shots, and physical therapy. For many people, these treatments provide at least some temporary relief.

When It Is Time for Shoulder Replacement in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA

When conservative treatment options fail to provide relief and your life is impaired, it is time to consider shoulder replacement surgery. Shoulder replacement is major surgery and is never decided on lightly. It requires general or regional anesthesia. Shoulder replacement is not just one surgery, there are several types of replacement.

In a total shoulder replacement, both the ball and the socket are replaced with artificial ones. The ball is typically made of metal and the socket is plastic.

With a reverse total shoulder replacement, the end of the arm bone is replaced with a socket and the socket in the shoulder is replaced with a ball.

Partial shoulder replacement is an opinion if only the call is damaged and the socket is still in good condition.

If your shoulder pain is making it difficult to perform the activities of daily life, it is time to visit an orthopedic doctor. Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists with offices in Manassas, VA, and Haymarket, VA, can provide the services you require. To contact us for an appointment, you can give us a call at (703) 369-9070, or you can use the form on our website.