What is Shoulder Arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis is not as common as knee arthritis, but it’s still a very prevalent condition that affects both young and old. It occurs when the cartilage in your shoulder has been worn away or damaged… usually due to an injury or over time. It can also be worn away through rheumatoid arthritis, a disease where your body attacks its own cartilage.

Shoulder arthritis can make it difficult to move your shoulder, especially when reaching over the head. It also may cause pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. As with any injury, your doctor is the best source of advice for diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for shoulder arthritis typically involves physical therapy. Your therapist will work with you to strengthen your shoulder muscles and increase flexibility. Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is also often used, in order to help reduce pain in the area. If your doctor has recommended cold therapy, you may want to check out our shoulder cold therapy products that may assist in your rehabilitation.