Arthritis of the Shoulder

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Quiz: Do You Understand Arthritis of the Shoulder?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis to affect the shoulder.

Explanation:
The five most common types of arthritis to affect the shoulder are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy and posttraumatic arthritis.
2

Only one joint of the shoulder is affected by arthritis.

Explanation:
Both the acromioclavicular (AC) joint (where the clavicle meets the tip of the shoulder blade) and the glenohumeral joint (where the head of the humerus fits into the scapula) can be affected by arthritis
3

o make a diagnosis, your physician will probably recommend an x-ray.

Explanation:
Symptoms of shoulder arthritis include pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. To make a diagnosis, your physician will probably recommend an x-ray.
4

Corticosteroid injections can be an effective non-surgical arthritis treatment.

Explanation:
Non-surgical shoulder arthritis treatments include rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy, corticosteroid injections, heat and cold therapy and disease-modifying drugs.
5

The only surgical option for shoulder arthritis is a shoulder joint replacement.

Explanation:
If your arthritis pain doesn’t respond to non-surgical options, your physician or orthopedic surgeon may recommend surgery. Milder cases of shoulder arthritis may be treated with arthroscopy, while more severe cases may require a shoulder joint replacement.