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Arthrosis from arthro- meaning joint and -osis meaning abnormal condition or disease means a degeneration of the shoulder joint While the shoulder generally functions with strength and fluidity the smooth movement of the joint eventually breaks down with age or heavy use Also known as osteoarthritis of the shoulder arthrosis worsens with time moving from tenderness to pain and loss of range of motionPain worsens when patient moves arm across chest as this lessens the room between bonesBump or reddening around affected areaClicking or popping while moving upper armGeneralized stiffness throughout areaArthrosis is caused by general wear and tear of the shoulder joint although certain situations raise the risk of developing the condition Frequent overhead motion weightlifting a fall on the shoulder or an earlier injury involving the clavicle collar bone humerus upper arm bone or scapula may raise the risk Family history of arthritis or autoimmune diseases Female gender especially after menopauseSymptoms continue to worsen or if clicking or popping becomes louderYou have the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis Symptoms appear in joints where you didnt have them before or other unexplained symptoms develop Possibly obtain splints for pain control Consider whether surgery is necessaryThe doctor may order X Rays blood tests or injections of lidocaine or other local anesthetic in order to diagnose the conditionFor advanced cases surgery may be necessary Surgical procedures may include Arthroplasty The severity varies greatly and treatment is specific to each patientPossible medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including aspirin and other salicilates steroids cortisone injections None known at this time Protection and prevention are the mainstay of treatment
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