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What treatments for shoulder osteoarthritis do not involve surgery?

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The first treatments for osteoarthritis, including osteoarthritis of the shoulder, do not involve surgery. These treatments include:

  • Resting the shoulder joint.
  • Taking over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
  • Performing physical therapy
  • Performing range-of-motion exercises.
  • Applying moist heat.
  • Applying ice to the shoulder.
  • Using other medications prescribed by the doctor.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Arthritis of the Shoulder.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Shoulder Region.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Disease Center: Osteoarthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Shoulder Problems.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Arthritis of the Shoulder.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injection of the Shoulder Region.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Disease Center: Osteoarthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Shoulder Problems.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

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