Shoulder arthritis occurs when the cartilage of the ball and socket joint wears out. Symptoms can include pain, stiffness and limited range of motion. The pain can preclude people from various activities of daily living including reaching overhead, brushing hair or trouble sleeping. Many patients often suffer too long before seeking medical care because they are fearful that shoulder arthritis will require surgery. The good news is that pain from shoulder arthritis can frequently be addressed without surgery. Patients are encouraged to see a shoulder specialist so they can understand their options. There are a variety treatments depending on the extent of the problem.