Loose Bodies (Shoulder)

  • Introduction

  • Surgical Treatment

The cartilage that rests between joints allows for the shoulder, or any joint, to move smoothly. The cartilage covers the ends of the bone and prevents the bones from rubbing together. When cartilage suffers trauma or is damaged, as with certain cases of arthritis, small pieces of cartilage can break loose and float into the joint fluid.

The loose fragments float between the joint space and can cause pain or mechanical symptoms such as popping or locking. In addition to pain, there can also be swelling and loss of motion.

Surgery is typically necessary since nonsurgical measures cannot reduce the pain and mechanical symptoms caused by loose bodies. Most often arthroscopic surgery, which utilizes smaller incisions, is successful in removing loose bodies.


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