Traditional and Reverse Shoulder Replacement Offered to Patients in the Minden, NV, Area
If you’re living with chronic shoulder pain, you may have considered undergoing a traditional or reverse shoulder replacement. The team of professionals at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic — a full-service practice with many offices near Minden, Nevada — can diagnose your condition, offer you treatment advice, and let you know whether you may be a candidate for traditional or reverse shoulder replacement.
We generally recommend that patients in the Minden, NV, area attempt to relieve their pain using conservative treatments before turning to surgery. For someone living with shoulder joint pain, those conservative treatments might include the following:
- Pain medication
- Corticosteroid injections
- Physical therapy
If you’ve attempted these or other treatment methods but haven’t been able to find relief, you might require traditional or reverse shoulder replacement. Many patients who undergo a shoulder replacement do so as a result of osteoarthritis. Normally, the surfaces of the shoulder joint are coated with articular cartilage, which allows for smooth, easy movement. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage to wear away over time, leading to pain and stiffness. Other patients may undergo a shoulder replacement due to rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, fracture, or a number of other reasons.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint — the top of the humerus (the upper arm bone) rotates within the glenoid (the shoulder socket). During a traditional shoulder replacement, we replace the top of the arm bone with a prosthetic ball and the socket with a prosthetic cup (or in some cases, just the arm bone). Traditional shoulder replacements, however, may be inappropriate for certain patients. This may be the case if the patient has an irreparable torn rotator cuff, or if he or she has developed cuff tear arthropathy. In those instances, a traditional shoulder replacement could add to the patient’s pain or further restrict his or her range of motion. If a patient is ineligible for a traditional shoulder replacement, we may be able to treat him or her using a reverse shoulder replacement. During this procedure, we replace the top of the arm bone with a prosthetic cup and the socket with a prosthetic ball.
If you think you might qualify for a traditional or reverse shoulder replacement, please contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today. We will be happy to offer you further information and help you schedule an appointment at one of our nearby offices, located just a short drive from Minden, NV.