As severe shoulder pain from arthritis or a fracture increases, your options may seem to dwindle. But for those who qualify, total shoulder replacement may be the most effective option. Knowing what to expect from shoulder replacement surgery in order to prepare is vital to its success.
Shoulder Pain Treatment
The first step towards shoulder pain treatment is a proper diagnosis. Shoulder pain can be a symptom of a variety of conditions, such as rotator cuff tears, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), and certain neck injuries. X-rays and other tests must be performed to confirm deterioration of the shoulder joint. Depending on the level of deterioration, an effective treatment course can be designed.
Nonsurgical Shoulder Treatment
Nonsurgical options are often an effective course of treatment for shoulder pain. Medication and physical therapy can help restore mobility and offer significant pain relief. Muscular strengthening and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can effectively manage the pain. But if symptoms persist or worsen, surgery might be the best option.
Surgical Shoulder Treatment
Shoulder replacement is considered when shoulder pain is persistent and so severe that it prevents the patient from performing everyday activities. Tests must confirm that enough bone and tendon remain in the shoulder to support the surgery. The patient must also agree to complete a physical therapy regimen after the surgery. This is one of the most important elements of a successful recovery.
The surgery itself consists of opening the shoulder and removing the entire shoulder joint. Once this is done, an artificial prosthetic made of plastic and metal is applied to the remaining portion of the bone and set into place. Any bone spurs will also be removed before the incision in closed.
Recovery from Total Shoulder Replacement
Recovery is different for every patient, but you can expect the most comfortable and effective process with Dr. Ahluwalia in Beverly Hills. The first step is finding the proper medication to help with pain management. Antibiotics are also prescribed to reduce the risk of infection. Light exercises also begin immediately to help restore mobility and strength. Soon, more intensive physical therapy can begin.
Dr. Ahluwalia will schedule a follow-up evaluation 7-10 days after the surgery to ensure a proper recovery. During this follow-up, the doctor will discuss a detailed schedule of rehabilitation and how to continue with a successful recovery.
Contact the Leading Los Angeles Shoulder Surgeon Today
If you suffer from shoulder arthritis or any form of shoulder pain, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia at 310.430.1310. Dr. Ahluwalia is a shoulder surgeon who is dedicated to providing the best possible care to his patients. Schedule your appointment today!