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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Do Shoulder Pain and Inflammation Indicate Arthritis?

11/07/2007

Question:

My husband has been suffering pain in his shoulders and upper arms. He goes quite often to a chiropracter to reduce the discomfort. I also massage his shoulders on a weekly basis. I have noticed some inflammation (redness) around this area. His pain worsens at night and after exposure to air conditioning. Does my husband have arthritis? What can he do about this?

Answer:

Since your husbands symptoms respond to mechanical manipulation, part (but not necessarily all) of the problem may be muscular tightness or spasm. Usually heat, stretching, and continued physical manipulation are beneficial in this situation.

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Response by:

Raymond  Hong, MD, MBA, FACR Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University