Rheumatoid Arthritis shoulder pain is very common symptom but there is no such specific trace that it happens due to rheumatoid arthritis. A simple treatment is enough to improve the condition, and sometimes it doesn’t even require the involvement of any doctor. In this condition several joints of shoulder like collar bone (clavicle), tip of the shoulder bone (acromion), upper arm bone (humerus), andshoulder blade (scapula) are affected. To have effective treatment it is very important on the part of a physician to locate the affected joint and provide proper treatment to the patient.
Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis Shoulder Pain- Generally three major types of arthritis are traced, who have their involvement in affecting the shoulder of a patient, and they are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Posttraumatic Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease, which affects the synovial joints like hands, shoulder, etc. It generally affects several joints of a patient and of different ages. Osteoarthritis, which is also called wear and tear arthritis, destroys the tissues and articular cartilages of the bones. It generally occurs in the age of 50 and above and is common in shoulder especially to women. Posttraumatic Arthritis is a condition that occurs due to some previous injuries.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis Shoulder Pain– There is general pain in the back side of the shoulder if a patient’s glenohumeral shoulder joint is affected and may get worse with some seasonal changes, and pain occurs in front side if acromioclavicular joint is affected. In rheumatoid arthritis all the joints are affected, with some sorts of unbearable pain. This may cause limited motion of the joints and a patient may find it difficult while sleeping at night. A clear observation is required in order to confirm arthritis.
Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis Shoulder Pain– Diagnosis is very important phenomenon, as early diagnosis and aggressive treatment can permanently cure shoulder pain. If pain persists for few weeks, your doctor may ask you for some examination like blood test, X-rays, M R I, Ultrasound Scan, and Nerve Conduction Test. Physician may also look for weakness in the muscles and joints, previous injuries, shoulder tenderness, restricted motion of joints, pain, etc
Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis Shoulder Pain– Shoulder pain generally includes two types of treatment Surgical and Non surgical. Some non surgical treatment includes few physical therapy of the joints, hot and cold effect, proper rest, some disease modifying drugs like methotrexate or costicosteroid steroids if happens due to rheumatoid arthritis, and some dietary suppliments should be provided, but these dietary supplements should be taken under prescription of a doctor. If non surgical treatment doesn’t work because of the severity of the damage done to the joints, then doctors may go for some surgical treatment, which may include total replacement of the shoulder joints or by replacing the acromion, the upper arm bone. The surgical treatment is very beneficial because it reduces pain from the shoulder and allows the joints to move freely, without any hindrance or problem.