Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis, or PAGCL, is a painful shoulder condition caused by cartilage break down between the humeral head and the ball and socket of the shoulder. With PAGCL, cartilage breaks down to the point where bone meets bone, causing excruciating pain that sometimes requires shoulder surgery to treat. Because PAGCL is a permanent condition, only its symptoms can be treated.

PAGCL symptoms may include:

  • shoulder pain when the shoulder is at rest
  • shoulder pain when the shoulder is in motion
  • shoulder stiffness
  • limited or reduced range of motion
  • shoulder weakness
  • clicking, popping, and/or grinding

Studies have directly linked PAGCL to the use of intra-articular shoulder pain pumps, which deliver pain medication to the shoulder following arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

If you or a loved developed PAGCL after using an intra-articular pain pump, such as the Stryker or On Q shoulder pain pumps, contact one of our PAGCL attorneys today for a confidential and free case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by