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What alternatives are there for shoulder replacement?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Nick Meyer
Orthopedic Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Conservative Rx
Assuming one has arthritis in the shoulder, the options are: surgical (replacement) or non-surgical.
The non-surgical treatments include antiinflammatory medications, steroid injections, pain medications, therapy and other alternative treatments such as chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, etc. Steroids and therapy tend to be the primary traditional non-operative treatments.

In brief: Conservative Rx
Assuming one has arthritis in the shoulder, the options are: surgical (replacement) or non-surgical.
The non-surgical treatments include antiinflammatory medications, steroid injections, pain medications, therapy and other alternative treatments such as chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, etc. Steroids and therapy tend to be the primary traditional non-operative treatments.
Dr. Nick Meyer
Dr. Nick Meyer
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Shoulder arthritis
There are any treatments for shoulders arthritis.
Avoidance of painful activities, nsaids, injections of steroid, and injections of viscosupplements. The reason, however, there earnest many shoulder replacements are done is because the other treatments listed above fail to provide adequate relief of symptoms. Good luck!

In brief: Shoulder arthritis
There are any treatments for shoulders arthritis.
Avoidance of painful activities, nsaids, injections of steroid, and injections of viscosupplements. The reason, however, there earnest many shoulder replacements are done is because the other treatments listed above fail to provide adequate relief of symptoms. Good luck!
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not many.
If you have bone on bone shoulder arthritis, there's probably no other surgery that would help you.

In brief: Not many.
If you have bone on bone shoulder arthritis, there's probably no other surgery that would help you.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Matthew Dipaola
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Alternatives
Others here have done a good job of explaining alternatives.
A few additional points. I have found therapy not to be very helpful. Often therapy is painful if you are at a stage that you need shoulder replacement. And unless you can really work through a lot of pain it may not be worth the time or effort. Fish oil is a good natural anti inflammatory that some people find helpful

In brief: Alternatives
Others here have done a good job of explaining alternatives.
A few additional points. I have found therapy not to be very helpful. Often therapy is painful if you are at a stage that you need shoulder replacement. And unless you can really work through a lot of pain it may not be worth the time or effort. Fish oil is a good natural anti inflammatory that some people find helpful
Dr. Matthew Dipaola
Dr. Matthew Dipaola
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Dr. Kristopher Downing
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Shoulder replacement
physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections

In brief: Shoulder replacement
physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections
Dr. Kristopher Downing
Dr. Kristopher Downing
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Pain
Once arthritis becomes.

In brief: Pain
Once arthritis becomes.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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