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When Should You Consider a Shoulder Replacement?

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Shoulder pain and limited mobility can significantly impact your quality of life, making even simple daily tasks challenging. When conservative treatments no longer provide relief, you may wonder if a shoulder replacement is the right solution for you. 

In this blog, our team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons explores the factors to consider when deciding whether to pursue a shoulder replacement.

Chronic shoulder pain

If you experience persistent and severe shoulder pain that affects your daily activities even after trying various conservative treatments, it may be time to consider a shoulder replacement. This pain can be caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or rotator cuff tears that have not responded well to other therapies.

Loss of function and mobility

When shoulder pain and stiffness limit your ability to perform routine tasks or participate in activities you enjoy, it may be an indication that a shoulder replacement could restore your mobility. If your shoulder mobility is significantly restricted, impacting your overall quality of life, a surgical intervention might be necessary.

Failed conservative treatments

Before considering surgery, our team here at Orthopedic Specialists of Oakland County in Bloomfield Hills and Clarkston, Michigan typically recommends a variety of conservative treatments for shoulder pain, including physical therapy, medications, injections, and lifestyle modifications. 

If these approaches have been exhausted without providing satisfactory results, a shoulder replacement may be the next logical step.

X-ray and MRI findings

Imaging tests like X-rays and MRI scans can provide valuable insights into the extent of damage or degeneration in your shoulder joint. These images can help your healthcare provider assess the severity of the condition and determine if a shoulder replacement is warranted. 

Radiographic evidence of significant joint degeneration or structural abnormalities may support the decision to proceed with surgery.

Impact on daily life

Consider how shoulder pain affects your daily life and overall well-being. Does the pain prevent you from performing routine tasks, such as reaching overhead, lifting objects, or even getting dressed? If you’re nodding your head, it may be time to explore surgical options like a shoulder replacement. The goal is to improve your functionality and restore your independence.

Getting started with your consultation

To make an informed decision about a shoulder replacement, it is crucial to consult with your Orthopedic Specialists of Oakland County provider who specializes in shoulder surgery. 


Our team thoroughly evaluates your condition, reviews your medical history, and conducts a physical examination. Based on our expertise and your specific situation, we can provide guidance on whether a shoulder replacement is the appropriate course of action, and if so, what type of shoulder replacement is right for you.

It's important to note that shoulder replacement surgery is a major procedure and should be considered after careful deliberation and discussion with us. During your consultation, we discuss the potential risks, benefits, and expected outcomes of the surgery, considering factors such as your age, overall health, and lifestyle.

To explore the possibilities of a shoulder replacement,  text us at 248-955-2622, call the location of your choice, or use our online form to book your appointment.