As the summer heat intensifies, does your shoulder become painful or seize up? The symptoms you are suffering from could indicate shoulder arthritis. Various theories propose a link between changes in barometric pressure and arthritis causing symptoms to worsen.

For some people living with arthritis, symptoms are worse in cold weather. However, regardless of the time of year, you experience flare-ups, seeking diagnosis and treatment is recommended. Arthritis covers a range of conditions that become more severe over time.

Osteoarthritis

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, affecting over 32.5 million adults in the U.S. The condition most often occurs in older adults, although younger people can also develop symptoms. Wear-and-tear of the cartilage that protects the shoulder joint will result in pain, inflammation, and restricted mobility.

Bone spurs can develop, causing the joint to bulge and appear dislocated. This is the result of the complete wear down of the cartilage. It is possible to lose all mobility in the joint in severe cases of osteoarthritis. Therefore, the first step toward relief is seeking a diagnosis from a shoulder joint specialist.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

When the immune system attacks joints, tissues, and organs, an auto-immune disease is responsible. Rheumatoid arthritis falls under this category and results in pain, stiffness and inflammation of the shoulder joint.

The shape and position of the joint can suffer deformity in severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis. Early intervention can provide relief from your symptoms. However, you will likely suffer from this condition in both shoulders. Women who have gone through childbirth are most likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Joint Pain Diagnosis & Treatment

Types of arthritis are diagnosed using a range of tools. Dr. Steve Struhl will conduct a physical exam and discuss your medical history. Imaging with x-rays, ultrasound, and an MRI can better identify the condition of your joint and the likely cause of deterioration.

Our New York City offices are committed to offering patients the most appropriate treatment options. A conservative approach may include medication, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. In extreme cases, you may need surgery to repair or replace the shoulder joint.

Call Dr. Steve Struhl today to learn more about Joint Separation conditions and available treatments in New York.

Posted on Behalf of Steven Struhl MD