Signs You May Need Shoulder Replacement Surgery

female doctor treating a female patient with shoulder pain When your shoulders hurt, it’s hard to get much done. Although we’re all prone to the occasional shoulder ache as we age, persistent shoulder pain could indicate that the problem runs deeper than everyday aches and pains. For some people, having a joint replacement procedure can be just what they need to get their quality of life back. 

If your shoulders have been giving you constant trouble, here are some signs to look for that could mean you should consider shoulder replacement surgery.


Several types of arthritis can have wide-ranging effects on your body. But, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in shoulder replacement surgery candidates. Osteoarthritis wears down the cartilage in your joints and causes stiffness, limited range of motion, and pain. 

Rotator Cuff Injuries

A torn rotator cuff can inhibit the ability to perform specific arm movements. General wear and tear of the shoulder joint can cause the rotator cuff to tear. These degenerative rotator cuff tears occur as the shoulder joint breaks down with age.

When a rotator cuff is severe enough, it may necessitate the need for shoulder replacement surgery.

Pain Medications Are No Longer Effective

A combination of rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory drugs are enough to resolve most instances of shoulder pain. But in other cases, pain medications stop being effective, which can be frustrating. When medications stop working, it could mean that you may need to implement a more aggressive strategy to get rid of shoulder pain once and for all.

When Your Shoulder Pain Keeps You From Performing Regular Tasks

Another situation that may call for shoulder replacement surgery is when shoulder pain is so severe that it keeps you from doing simple tasks. For instance, when you struggle with things like opening a jar, reaching for an object, or other everyday movements, shoulder replacement surgery could help.

Your doctor can do a comprehensive exam on your shoulder to look for signs of wear and tear. A recommendation for shoulder replacement surgery depends on your situation, symptoms, and the type of shoulder surgery that may best fit your needs.

To learn more about shoulder surgery’s benefits and discuss your options, reach out to our office in Show Low. Please schedule a consultation today by calling us at 928-968-5008.

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