Dr. Steinmann describes shoulder arthritis.
Shoulder arthritis comes in two forms. Most common is what we call osteoarthritis, which is everyday normal ageing arthritis, so to speak, and surprisingly not as common. They treat it surgically as a hip and knee arthritis. There are probably about 30,000 total shoulder replacements, which is the ultimate treatment for shoulder arthritis in male or female patients, whereas there’s several hundred thousand hips and knees that are performed every year in the United States, but the run-of-the-mill, everyday wear and tear arthritis is the number one common source of arthritis in shoulder.
The next most common is rheumatoid arthritis, or any inflammatory type of arthritis, which actually, with the new medications that are been used for rheumatoid arthritis, is becoming less and less common and so it really bows down to about 90% of the patients that we actually treat for shoulder arthritis have osteoarthritis which is everyday wear and tear type of arthritis.
About Dr. Steinmann, M.D.:
Dr. Scott P. Steinmann, M.D., is on orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minnesota. Dr. Steinmann received his medical training from Cornell University Medical College in New York, completed his residency in orthopedics at New York Orthopedic Hospital and completed a fellowships focusing on the shoulder and hand surgery from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine respectively.