See also Arthritis
After the hip and knee, the shoulder is the third most common joint affected by arthritis, perhaps because in most people, it is not weight bearing, as are the large lower extremity joints. However, as in the hip and knee, the loss of cartilage that characterizes shoulder arthritis is frequently a source of severe pain, limited function, joint stiffness, and significant diminishment of quality of life. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are many treatments, both non-surgical and surgical, that enable the symptoms to be well treated and for patients to maintain active lifestyles.
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