Treatment methods

Finding the right treatment

Many people suffer from wear and tear on joints throughout the course of their lives. But shoulder surgery isn’t always necessary: In the early stages of arthrosis, conservative measures can help slow the progress or even prevent it. Here, we combat the pain with physiotherapy, physical applications, such as cryotherapy or muscle building training.

Conservative treatment methods

Pain therapy provides relief

An injection (shot) directly into the shoulder joint or upper joint space can provide relief for acute pain in the shoulder. This way, we can reduce the pain and the inflammation in your shoulder joint. Often, this injection treatment is required before further, conservative treatment can begin. Drug-based pain therapy is also often necessary to reduce the pain of active arthrosis. However, pain medications are not a permanent solution.

Improve and maintain mobility with physiotherapy

Once the acute pain has been relieved, we will start targeted exercises that improve mobility in the shoulder joint and release painful tension. Our physiotherapists will help you stretch shortened muscles caused by protective or incorrect posture and strengthen your shoulder muscles. Potentially incorrect posture in the upper sections of the spine can also be corrected in this manner. With improved posture, we can also make you pain free.

Cryotherapy with cold air or ice can also have a positive effect. Alternatively, we can reduce the progression of your arthrosis with x-ray stimulation therapy. Treatments using microwaves, electricity or ultrasound also demonstrate positive effects when treating shoulder arthrosis.

Arthrosis: Treating your shoulder without surgery

In the beginning stages of arthrosis, our specialists initially treat your symptoms conservatively, meaning, without shoulder surgery. The combination of pain therapy and physiotherapy can slow the wear on the shoulder and even stop the symptoms.

Surgical treatment methods

Artificial shoulder joint for more mobility

If arthrosis has progressed to an advanced stage, a joint replacement may be the best solution for you. With this solution, we can reduce your pain long-term and improve the mobility of your shoulder. The artificial shoulder joint functions for approximately 10 to 15 years. A number of our patients, however, have used their implants for much longer.

Shoulder surgery for early-stage arthrosis

If pain persists or conservative treatments fail, shoulder surgery may be helpful. If, in particular, surrounding tissue such as bursa sacs, tendon sheaths or the long bicep tendon are affected, we can rectify these problems by means of minor arthroscopic surgeries (keyhole method) and significantly reduce the pain caused by arthrosis. Our experts have to review, in detail, whether there are options for minimally invasive joint preservation treatment options (e.g. CAM procedure).