Is Your Shoulder Pain Arthritis?
Dr. Darush Rahmani, ARC rheumatologist, discusses shoulder pain with CreakyJoints.org
March 19, 2019
Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint. While arthritis is the most common cause, knowing what type of arthritis is important when creating a treatment plan. CreakyJoints.org, a resource for persons suffering from chronic diseases, consulted with Dr. Darush Rahmani, ARC rheumatologist, on the various types of arthritis.
The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
As Dr. Rahmani explained to CreakyJoints.org, osteoarthritis of the shoulders is usually the result of past trauma to the shoulders, like a sports injury. It can also be the result of years of wear and tear, so you might see it in someone who has done manual labor, for example.
An inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to be suspected if the shoulder is red or swollen, other joints are affected, and the patient has fatigue or a fever, said Dr. Rahmani.
Some shoulder pain has nothing to do with arthritis. For instance, “frozen shoulder” has many similar symptoms as osteoarthritis, such as pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. Osteoarthritis, however, is a progressive condition; it worsens over time while frozen shoulder gets better over time, usually within one to three years.
Read the complete article to learn more about various types of shoulder pain.
Experiencing shoulder pain? Contact Austin Regional Clinic to get a consultation from an arthritis expert.