A 35-year-old member asked:
if you have osteoarthritis and a bone spur in the shoulder. is the best treatment surgery?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Chad Boomershine answered
18 years experience Rheumatology
No: Surgery should be the last resort. I recommend trying injections first-prednisone or synthetic joint fluid (like synvisc) can be helpful. The only indications for surgery are pain and inability to move.
Answered on Oct 17, 2014
Dr. Thomas Namey answered
47 years experience Rheumatology
Depends!: If your spur is at the acromioclavicular joint, it might cause impingement syndrome with your supraspinatus tendon, the largest part of your rotator cuff. I agree with dr. Boomershine on injecting with steroids, usually Betamethasone suspension. This should be done before expensive imaging!
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Vivek Agrawal answered
30 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Diagnosis?: At your young age, the most common reason we see patients with osteoarthritis is untreated shoulder instability. It's not clear from your question what symptoms your are having and by itself we rarely find a bone spur to be the primary symptom generator. Consider an evaluation with a shoulder specialist: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulder-specialist.Htm.
Answered on Nov 28, 2013
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