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Shoulder arthritis compensation from a leading personal injury solicitor

Arthritis is a degenerative disease caused by either wear and tear of the cartilage (osteoarthritis) or an inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis) of one or more joints. Arthritis not only affects joints; it may also affect supporting structures such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

What are the signs of shoulder arthritis and how is it diagnosed?
The usual signs of arthritis of the shoulder are pain, particularly over the AC joint, and a decrease in shoulder motion. A doctor may suspect the patient has arthritis when there is both pain and swelling in the joint. The diagnosis may be confirmed by a physical examination and x-rays. Blood tests may be helpful for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis, but other tests may be needed as well. Analysis of synovial fluid from the shoulder joint may be helpful in diagnosing some kinds of arthritis. Although arthroscopy permits direct visualization of damage to cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, and may confirm a diagnosis, it is usually done only if a repair procedure is to be performed.

How is arthritis of the shoulder treated?
Most often, osteoarthritis of the shoulder is treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or cox-2 inhibitors. (Rheumatoid arthritis of the shoulder may require physical therapy and additional medicine, such as corticosteroids.) When non-operative treatment of arthritis of the shoulder fails to relieve pain or improve function, or when there is severe wear and tear of the joint causing parts to loosen and move out of place, shoulder joint replacement (arthroplasty) may provide better results. In this operation, a surgeon replaces the shoulder joint with an artificial ball for the top of the humerus and a cap (glenoid) for the scapula. Passive shoulder exercises (where someone else moves the arm to rotate the shoulder joint) are started soon after surgery.

Patients begin exercising on their own about 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. Eventually, stretching and strengthening exercises become a major part of the rehabilitation program. The success of the operation often depends on the condition of rotator cuff muscles prior to surgery and the degree to which the patient follows the exercise program.

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How can The Claim Solicitors help?
The Claim Solicitors are one of the UK’s leading personal injury firms. We have dealt with compensation claims for people who have been injured in a variety of circumstances. We recognise that the practice of law is a people orientated enterprise and that our approach should be friendly but efficient. We also appreciate that our success depends upon the success of our clients and upon the expertise and approachability of our partners and staff.

If the accident that you have had was not your fault and you have suffered a shoulder injury, you should consider making a claim. The Claim Solicitors are to help you claim under a no win, no fee policy. So why not give us a call on 0800 197 32 32 or complete the form opposite, and we will call you back to discuss your claim.