Total Shoulder Replacement in Dearborn & Jackson, MichiganLearn more about the various causes of shoulder pain and whether replacement surgery might be right for you. Shoulder Surgeon Also Serving Ann Arbor, Allen Park, Trenton, & ChelseaThe shoulder joint is one of the most mobile joints in the body. Like the hip joint, it is a ball-and-socket joint. It is located where the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus) fits into a socket (glenoid) in the shoulder blade (scapula). The rotator cuff muscles surround the joint to support it and enable a wide range of motion. A smooth substance called cartilage covers the bones where they meet.Shoulder Pain Symptoms and CausesBecause the shoulder has a wide range of motion, it is susceptible to injury, stress and degenerative diseases like arthritis. Shoulder injury or arthritis can make everyday activities like holding a loved one or picking up a gallon of milk very painful. The pain may be unrelenting, even when resting or trying to sleep, and may get worse with movement or activity. Arthritis can make the shoulder feel very unstable; the joint may make audible noises when you raise your arms to wash your hair or put on a shirt.If you have injured your shoulder or are experiencing the debilitating effects of arthritis, you should speak with an experienced orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Alfred Faulkner about your shoulder replacement options. He will take the time to listen to you and understand how your shoulder problems are affecting your quality of life. After a thorough examination, Dr. Faulkner can evaluate your need for joint replacement.When Is Shoulder Replacement Recommended?Not every case of shoulder pain or arthritis requires joint replacement. Initially, non-surgical treatments may be employed to manage pain and take pressure and stress off of the joint. Examples of non-surgical treatments include rest, medication (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs) and physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.If non-surgical measures provide minimal or no improvement in pain relief, and your range of motion continues to be so restricted that it interferes with daily activities, Dr. Faulkner will discuss your shoulder replacement options with you. The type of surgery he recommends depends on your age, health, normal activity level and the problem requiring treatment.Shoulder Replacement Procedure DetailsTotal shoulder replacement is the most common type of shoulder replacement surgery. During the procedure, all of the damaged surfaces of the ball-and-socket shoulder joint are removed and replaced with prosthetic parts.Shoulder replacement surgery is performed with anesthesia so you will not feel or remember anything from the procedure. To begin, Dr. Faulkner makes an incision approximately six inches long on the front of your shoulder joint. He removes the damaged “ball” of the joint —the head of the humerus — replacing it with a similarly shaped prosthetic part. Then, he removes the “socket” — the glenoid — and replaces it with a prosthetic part. The ball is usually made from metal and the socket from a durable plastic material.Total Shoulder Replacement RecoveryDr. Faulkner will provide complete instructions for resuming arm movements after shoulder replacement. Expect to initially wear an arm sling to keep your shoulder immobilized. Soon after surgery, you will begin to work with a physical therapist to regain shoulder mobility and muscle strength.Your recovery timeline will depend on the details of your condition and surgery. Most patients are thrilled with their shoulder surgery results and can return to their favorite hobbies like golf or swimming.Request More Information from Dr. Alfred FaulknerDr. Faulkner is highly regarded as one of the finest shoulder surgeons in the area. If you would like more information about total shoulder replacement, please contact our practice by phone or email and request a consultation.