Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint that causes stiffness and pain. There are many types of shoulder arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease among others. No matter the direct type of shoulder arthritis, the cartilage around the shoulder ball and socket is damaged which causes the excessive pressure and pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
This chronic disease is onset by the dysfunction of the immune system. Rheumatoid arthritis is the damaging result of the immune system attacking the thin layer of membrane that covers the joints. Without this layer of protection, the joint is susceptible to pain. Unfortunately, this strand of arthritis is symmetrical which means if you are feeling the pain due to arthritis in one shoulder, it is likely the other will develop at one point.

Osteoarthritis
This is arthritis in its most common form. The Greek prefix “osteo” means bone, and “arthritis” is derived from Greek origin meaning joint. This form of arthritis directly attacks the joint bone, deteriorating the bone and cartilage of the shoulder ball and socket. This is also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is generally onset by shoulder injury. Comparable to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis causes joint pain and stiffness.

Shoulder resurfacing gives Columbus, OH shoulder arthritis patients the surgical answer to stopping their joint pain. It replaces the deteriorated or injured shoulder joint with prosthetic joint components that allow you to function without pain. Total shoulder resurfacing is optimal for younger patients or older patients that are in good physical health.