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Shoulder Arthritis Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Mild to moderate arthritis symptoms can be treated at home.
  • Use ice and heat, take OTC pain relievers, and do gentle stretches to help with pain.
  • Avoid activities that cause pain like lifting above waist level and reaching overhead.

When you may need a provider

  • Pain is moderate to severe.
  • Treating yourself is not helping the pain or your pain is interfering with activities or makes it difficult to sleep.

Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain and unable to move your shoulder
  • Severe weakness or numbness in the arm
  • Chest pain that radiates into the shoulder or arm

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