DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE (DJD)
1. Definition - the Glenohumeral joint is lined with Articular Cartilage like
all the joints in our body. This is subject to wear and tear
which will cause the surfaces to breakdown and lose
Cartilage. Once gone, this complex tissue cannot repair
or replace itself, thus allowing the surfaces to generate
friction and debris. The result is a painful shoulder with
secondary stiffness and weakness.
2. Injury - any shoulder trauma or overuse situation can lead to DJD. In
addition, untreated Rotator Cuff Tears or Instability are likely
to cause this problem.
Injections into the Glenohumeral Joint are technically difficult to do and
Glenohumeral Joint Replacement Surgery is the only definitive treatment
3. Treatment - ANSAIDS and Physical Therapy may have some effect to decrease symptoms and improve function.