It’s a new year. A time for resolutions and goals. A time for cleaning out and making space for plans ahead. With the new year, it could be the right time to address your nagging shoulder pain and live a better life.
Chronic shoulder pain could be the result of arthritis, which is a condition that causes the breakdown of cartilage in the joint. When cartilage breaks down, it causes pain and stiffness in the joint. Pain and stiffness can get so bad it interferes with daily activities.
Shoulder replacement is a highly successful procedure that is the fastest growing joint replacement surgery in the United States.
Shoulder replacement may be indicated for several reasons, but once you determine you are ready for surgery, your new shoulder will provide you with several benefits.
- Shoulder Repair – Repairing the shoulder allows for all the other benefits. Once the shoulder injury or damage has been addressed, most symptoms of the injury are removed as well.
- Pain Relief – Chronic shoulder pain begins to affect a patient’s quality of life. Most patients are very satisfied with the degree of pain relief.
- Function Restored – When arthritis or injury has occurred, range of motion and function will be lost. This also affects a patient’s daily activities. After shoulder replacement, the new shoulder can be taught to move and function with physical therapy.
- Freedom Regained – Shoulder replacement can give you back your freedom. When you are free from pain and have shoulder function back, you can return to your everyday activities with a renewed sense of freedom.
Shoulder replacement is a highly successful procedure. It can relieve the pain, repair the shoulder, restore shoulder function, and give you back your freedom to participate in everyday activities. It’s a new year and with a new shoulder, it can mean a new you.
Dr. Kevin Kruse is a board-certified, fellowship-trained, orthopedic surgeon specializing in Shoulder injuries and arthroscopic Shoulder surgery in North Texas.