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Shoulder Arthiritis

The most common types of arthritis that affect the shoulder are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In osteoarthritis, articular cartilage breaks down, causing bones to rub together, leading to both pain and stiffness in the joint. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system targets joint linings, leading to similar symptoms as osteoarthritis as bones rub together. Potential treatments for these types of arthritis range from rest, medications, modified physical activity, and physical therapy to  surgery.