The Painful Consequences of Shoulder Arthritis

There are three bones that make up the shoulder:

  • the shoulder blade or scapula;
  • the upper arm bone or the humerus; and,
  • the collarbone or the clavicle

A capsule, called the rotator cuff, which connects the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade, keeps the humeral head (also called the ball) on the glenoid (or the socket) and makes it possible for the arm to be raised and rotated. This humeral head and glenoid are what make up the shoulder joint.

Covering the ends of bones (where joints are formed) is a smooth and rubbery white tissue, called the Articular cartilage. Besides cushioning the bones of joints, this cartilage also enables the joints to move with ease and reduces the friction when bones glide over each other. Though tough and flexible, the Articular cartilage can break down or get damaged quite easily. When this happens, the result is shoulder arthritis. The symptoms of shoulder arthritis include inflammation, shoulder stiffness and decreased motion, abnormal bone formation, and pain.

In its website, the law firm Williams Kherkher explains that shoulder replacement surgery is a popular corrective solution for those suffering from extreme joint pain or a limited range of shoulder motion. This surgery involves the removal of damaged parts of the shoulder, replacing them with an artificial device, known as prosthesis. Though artificial, this implant is designed to offer relief by reducing or removing pain and restoring shoulder strength, function and motion. These are the expected results of a shoulder replacement surgery unless something else than what should be happens, like implanting in patients a faulty replacement device. The result of this would be increased pain, additional costly medical expenses and probably the necessity for a corrective surgery plus the removal of the implanted device.

Surgical failure due to the use of faulty replacement devices is the latest issue in the area of extremities and biologics industry. After only a year in their merger, Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and Tornier, Inc. are already being accused of manufacturing a defective shoulder replacement device that causes additional injuries in patients, including significant bone loss, instability, weakness, one and tissue damage, metal poisoning and unexplained pain. Due to these different kinds of harm patients have been made to suffer, they may see the necessity of fighting for damages from the manufacturers.