At GPOA in Pittsburgh, PA, we often see clients who can no longer brush their teeth, dress, or sleep well at night due to a rotator cuff tear, severe fracture, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis. Sometimes shoulder replacement is necessary and can make all the difference to your quality of life.
When Shoulder Replacement Is Necessary
Limited Range of Motion
If avascular necrosis, a rotator cuff tear, or another type of shoulder injury has made performing daily activities nearly impossible, it is time to consider shoulder replacement. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have someone help them dress, groom, and maintain hygiene. Those that don’t have a support network in place can’t always afford a home health aide.
You don’t have to let an injury keep you from living your life. Hemiarthroplasty, reverse total shoulder replacement, or total shoulder replacement can restore your range of motion. The right procedure for you depends on the cause of your symptoms.
If you suffer from chronic pain that does not respond to other treatment methods, a procedure to replace your shoulder is necessary. Whether you have osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, replacing your shoulder will eliminate your pain. This provides you with the opportunity to live life to the fullest once again.
If you have fractured the head (ball) of the arm bone severely, it cannot be restored and should be replaced. Whether you need a total or partial replacement depends on the health of the clavicle (socket). Once the broken bone is replaced, the joint can be stabilized, the range of motion can be restored, and pain can be alleviated.
Arthritis doesn’t just limit your range of motion and cause chronic pain. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, you can severely damage your bones, ligaments, and even tendons. If you have unsuccessfully tried corticosteroid injections to treat arthritis in the past, replacing the shoulder may be your only option for preventing further damage and repairing existing damage.
Benefits of Shoulder Replacement
There are many benefits associated with replacing the shoulder. For instance, it eases pain that does not respond to physical therapy, rest, ice, compression, or pharmaceuticals. Due to the abated pain, these procedures allow you to sleep better than you have in months and benefit from adequate rest.
They also restore your autonomy, so you do not have to rely on someone else to help you dress, bathe, or brush your teeth. They restore range of motion so you can take back your quality of life.
Contact Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates Today
Do you think you could benefit from shoulder replacement? Would you like to learn more about the benefits associated with this procedure? If you do, contact us today at GPOA in Pittsburgh, PA, to schedule your initial consultation.
We are proud to serve the greater Pittsburgh area. All three of our physicians specialize in shoulder replacement and have years of education, training, and experience. Our tradition is building trust through talent and open, honest communication.