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About 23,000 people have shoulder replacement surgery each year. This compares to more than 700,000 Americans a year who have knee and hip replacement surgery.

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that enables you to raise, twist and bend your arm.
It also lets you move your arm forward, to the side and behind you. In a normal shoulder,
the rounded end of the upper arm bone (head of the humerus) glides against the small dish-like socket (glenoid) in the shoulder blade (scapula). These joint surfaces are normally covered with smooth cartilage. They allow the shoulder to rotate through a greater range of motion than any other joint in the body.

The surrounding muscles and tendons provide stability and support. Unfortunately, conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, avascular necrosis and others can lead to loss of the cartilage and mechanical deterioration of the shoulder joint. The result can be pain. You can have a stiff shoulder that grinds or clunks. This can lead to a loss of strength, decreased range of motion in the shoulder and impaired function. X-rays of the shoulder would show:

  • Loss of the normal cartilage joint space
  • Flattening or irregularity in the shape of the bone
  • Bone spurs
  • Loose pieces of bone and cartilage floating inside the joint
  • Possible wearing away of the bone

If you are experiencing any of these conditions, it can be painful and
frustrating with the lack mobility you will encounter. The Orthopaedic
Institute of Henderson has helped hundreds of patients experience
an improved quality of life after shoulder joint replacement surgery.
With less pain, improved motion and strength, and better function,
you can experience this renewed freedom too.