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Shoulder and elbow arthritis / osteoarthritis

What is shoulder or elbow arthritis/osteoarthritis?

Arthritis is a general description for conditions that affect the joints and surrounding tissues.

There are two common forms of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis is a painful, degenerative joint disease that is usually linked to overuse, either through sports or as a result of performing a repetitive action, or being overweight.
  • Inflammatory arthritis, of which rheumatoid arthritis is the most commonly known, is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints.

What causes shoulder or elbow osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis develops because the cartilage that normally cushions the ends of the bones in the joints wears away as a result of overuse. This causes the bones to rub together, leading to a grating sensation. Joints become swollen, stiff and bony spurs can develop.

Shoulder or elbow osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

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