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New Surgeries Ease Arthritis of Your Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist


Shoulder PainContributor: William Seitz, MD, orthopaedic surgeon

Arthritis of the shoulder, elbow and wrist can leave you in pain and feeling weak. It also can create a substantial loss of mobility and function. The good news is that there are some very effective techniques to addressing this problem, even in severe cases.

People who experience arthritis of these upper extremities often have trouble with everyday tasks, such as eating, getting dressed and grooming themselves.

In the past, surgeons had limited ways to improve these patients’ frustrations. Often, their only option was to fuse the joint area. This reduces pain but it also completely impairs people’s movement. However, today, new technology and techniques are available for both biological and artificial joint replacement.

Here is a breakdown of newer, innovative ways doctors can address arthritis in the upper extremities.