Arthritis in the shoulder is a condition in which the articulating surfaces of a shoulder joint lose their cartilage.
Arthritis may not necessarily be painful, especially because the shoulder is not a weight-bearing joint, but eventually the shoulder will stiffen and by this stage there is usually at least some pain.
If the pain is manageable, most older patients choose not to undertake any surgical treatment. But if the pain is severe or you are younger, Dr Scott may suggest surgery, which might be a shoulder replacement. The exact nature of the surgery that Dr Scott recommends will depend on a number of factors including your age, your activity level and the condition of your rotator cuff tendons.