Does Shoulder Replacement Surgery Help Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

A  Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery reports that shoulder arthroplasty is an effective and reliable therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis of the shoulder, when medication and physical therapy are insufficient treatments. Despite surgical challenges with some RA patients, the procedure improves range of motion and reduces pain in nearly all cases, especially for those with intact rotator cuffs. Read a news report here.


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