Got chronic shoulder pain? Shoulder replacement is an option
Posted Nov 27 2008 10:23am
Shoulder Pain Sucks!
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It drains you, mentally and physically - especially if your particular condition is long term.
it’s difficult to get quality, restful sleep when every sleeping position is uncomfortable or becomes uncomfortable just about the time you drift into R.E.M. sleep, causing you to jerk awake
chronic shoulder pain affects almost every movement you make - lifting carrying, reaching pushing, pulling, holding - everyday tasks ( combing your hair or reaching for your wallet ) that you took for granted become impossible or so painful that you avoid them
this combination of a lack of sleep plus persistent pain condemns you to a lower quality of life than you deserve
Shoulder Replacement is just one option
There are many options for dealing with your persistent shoulder pain. Consult your physician to learn about the options available to you.
Typically, shoulder replacement is performed when a person has developed Osteoarthritis in the shoulder joint. Though not nearly as popular as knee or hip replacements, shoulder replacement surgery is performed on about 10,000 - 23,000 people per year. The wide discrepancy depends on the source of your information
The short, non-medical answer - the super-slick cartilage that covers the surfaces where bones meet and form a joint, has deteriorated. This results in bone to bone contact and a great deal of pain and usually affects patients over 60.