Glenohumeral arthritis is a degenerative joint condition that affects the shoulder, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. This condition, while challenging, can be effectively treated or managed with the right approach. Dr. Michael Bercik and his team are at the forefront of diagnosing and treating glenohumeral arthritis, offering patients expert care and advanced treatment options. 

Glenohumeral ArthritisDr. Bercik is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon renowned for his expertise in shoulder-related conditions and treatments. Having completed advanced training in shoulder and elbow surgery, including international fellowships under world-leading orthopedic shoulder surgeons, Dr. Bercik brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to his practice. His experience spans a wide range of shoulder conditions, from sports-related injuries to complex degenerative disorders like glenohumeral arthritis. Dr. Bercik’s approach combines cutting-edge surgical techniques with a deep understanding of the shoulder’s anatomy and mechanics, ensuring comprehensive and effective care for his patients.

What is Glenohumeral Arthritis?

Glenohumeral arthritis targets the glenohumeral joint, where the humerus (upper arm bone) meets the scapula (shoulder blade). It’s a form of osteoarthritis and is commonly seen in older adults, though it can also result from injury or wear and tear in younger individuals. Symptoms of this condition often include:

  • Pain and Tenderness: Often the first sign, pain intensifies with activity and can become constant in advanced stages.
  • Stiffness and Reduced Mobility: Stiffness in the shoulder joint, leading to a decreased range of motion.
  • Swelling and Joint Deformity: Swelling around the joint, which can result in visible changes in the joint’s appearance.

Diagnosis and Assessment

Accurate diagnosis is key in managing glenohumeral arthritis. Dr. Bercik and his team use a combination of patient history, physical examination, and imaging tests like X-rays and MRIs to diagnose the condition accurately. Understanding the severity and impact of the arthritis is crucial in devising an effective treatment plan.

Treatment Approaches

Treatment for glenohumeral arthritis ranges from conservative management to surgical intervention, depending on the severity of the condition.

Conservative Management:

  • Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Strengthening and stretching exercises improve mobility and decrease pain.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Changes in daily activities can help manage symptoms and reduce joint stress.
  • Injections: Corticosteroid injections can provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation.

Surgical Options:

  • Arthroscopy: Minimally invasive surgery to clean out the joint, removing loose cartilage or inflamed tissue.
  • Shoulder Replacement Surgery: In advanced cases, replacing the damaged joint surfaces with prosthetics can restore function and relieve pain.

For patients requiring surgical intervention, Dr. Bercik utilizes the latest techniques and technology to ensure the best outcomes. His expertise in shoulder replacement and arthroscopic procedures offers patients advanced options for managing their condition.

Patient-Centered Approach

Dr. Bercik approaches each case with a comprehensive view, considering both the physical and lifestyle aspects of the condition.

  • Customized Treatment Plans: Understanding that each patient’s condition and lifestyle are unique, Dr. Bercik tailors treatment plans to individual needs.
  • Education and Support: Educating patients about their condition and treatment options is a cornerstone of Dr. Bercik’s approach, ensuring patients are active participants in their care.

Let’s Work Together!

If you are struggling with Glenohumeral arthritis, Dr. Michael Bercik of Lancaster Orthopedic Group offers comprehensive care, from accurate diagnosis to advanced treatment options. His patient-centered approach ensures that you receive top-tier medical care and the education and support necessary to navigate your condition. With Dr. Bercik’s expertise, you can look forward to improved shoulder function, pain relief, and a better quality of life. Please request an appointment online or call 717.560.4200 to get started today!