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Arthritis of the Shoulder: Top 3 Facts about the Reverse TSA

2/23/15 11:03 AM
While most people associate arthritis with weight bearing joints such as the hips and knees, people often don’t realize the effects of shoulder arthritis. While shoulder arthritis may be less common, it can be just as debilitating. Here are some common signs and symptoms of shoulder arthritis:
  • Pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Popping in the joint or joint noises with movements
  • Muscle weakness due to pain and disuse of the arm
  • Generalized stiffness

Treatment Options:
  • Physical Therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory Drugs
  • Steroid injections to help reduce pain
  • Surgery

How exactly can Physical Therapy help?
  • Increase range of motion and decrease stiffness
  • Increase muscle strength as the muscles around the shoulder may be weak from disuse due to pain
  • Joint mobilizations to help decrease pain and improve motion
  • The primary goal of physical therapy will be to help decrease your pain and regain function


Surgeons are now able to perform what is called a Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, or Reverse TSA? This procedure is exactly what it sounds like. The anatomy of the shoulder is essentially reversed... Can't picture it? Check out the photo below...

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Written by Jeffrey Romans.

Jeff Romans, PT is a contributing author to our blog and a great resource on Physical Therapy.

Topics: arthritis, shoulder, shoulder pain

Rotator Cuff: Secrets of the Shoulder Stabilizer

2/12/15 11:20 AM

What is Shoulder Impingement?

Your “shoulder” is a very complex joint that is actually comprised of several joints. The primary joint of the “shoulder” is the Glenohumeral joint (where the shaft of the arm meets the socket). Other joints that make up the shoulder complex include the Scapulothoracic Joint (shoulder blade and mid-back) and the Acromioclavicular Joint (this is where the collar bone meets the shoulder blade). These three joints work together to make your arm move. Pain can occur if these three joints do not work together.

One of the most common injuries to the shoulder involves the Rotator Cuff...

The Rotator Cuff is made up of four muscles: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis. These four muscles work together to control the stability of the shoulder during movement, especially overhead, and rotation motions.

The Rotator Cuff injuries can include strains / sprains, tears (mild to severe / complete) and impingement. There are also several other injuries that can occur in the shoulder.

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Written by Mary Smith.

Mary Smith, PT is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Baldwinsville office. She specializes in (and enjoys) treating injured runners to get them back to their craft, or simply reaching their best.

Topics: shoulder, pain between shoulder blades, shoulder pain