Optimal management of glenohumeral osteoarthritis

Chase B. Ansok, Stephanie J. Muh

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Glenohumeral osteoarthritis (OA) is defined as progressive loss of articular cartilage, resulting in bony erosion, pain, and decreased function. This article provides a gross overview of this disease, along with peer-reviewed research by experts in the field. The pathology, diagnosis, and classification of this condition have been well described. Treatment begins with non-operative measures, including oral and topical anti-inflammatory agents, physical therapy, and intra-articular injections of either a corticosteroid or a viscosupplementation agent. Operative treatment is based on the age and function of the affected patient, and treatment of young individuals with glenohumeral OA remains controversial. Various methods of surgical treatment, ranging from arthroscopy to resurfacing, are being evaluated. The roles of hemiarthroplasty, total shoulder arthroplasty, and reverse shoulder arthroplasty are similarly reviewed with supporting data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalOrthopedic Research and Reviews
StatePublished - 23 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Glenohumeral
  • Hemiarthroplasty
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Total shoulder arthroplasty


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