Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Shoulder

A systemic disease, which affects connective tissue of the shoulder; arthritis is the dominant clinical manifestation, accompanied by thickening of articular soft tissue, with extension of synovial tissue over articular cartilages, which become eroded; the course is variable but often is chronic and progressive, leading to deformities and disability.
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  • Pain usually occurs in bilateral shoulders
  • Swelling usually occurs in bilateral shoulders
  • Stiffness usually occurs in bilateral shoulders
  • Loss of ROM in the shoulders
  • Unknown
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Possible family heredity
  • Usually it takes a chemical or environmental "trigger" to activate the disease in people who genetically inherit RA
  • ROM and stretching to shoulders
  • Shoulder stabilization exercises
  • Upper extremity strengthening



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