5 Best Exercises for Shoulder OsteoarthritisDec 16, 2020
What Is Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage which acts as a protective layer and cushion at the ends of the bones can wear down over time.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but the most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine. Today, we will be talking about shoulder osteoarthritis and what you can do to prevent and what you can do to live a strong and confident life even with arthritis.
The shoulder joint includes the glenohumeral joint made up of the humerus bone (upper arm) which articulates with a part of the scapula (shoulder blade). The scapula also articulates with the clavicle (collar bone).
The shoulder joint can seem complex as it has many soft tissue structures around and within it like muscles, ligaments and tendons to support and stabilize the entire shoulder joint and shoulder/scapula complex, such as the rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis), glenohumeral ligaments, coracoacromial ligament, coracohumeral ligament, acromioclavicular ligament, biceps tendon. This list is far from exhaustive but it’s more to show how many components support and are involved with our shoulder joint health.
There’s also cartilage which surrounds the bones at the joint surface, which we mentioned above. This can be where symptoms of osteoarthritis can occur over time.
What Can I Do?
At Inside Out Strength and Performance we work with hundreds of patients, active adults and athletes and we commonly see people with some form of OA. As Doctors of Physical Therapy, we help identify the root cause of symptoms, asymmetries and movement dysfunction and work with individuals.
Many people have reduced strength in the muscles around the joint which can lead to more symptoms
5 Best Exercises for Shoulder Osteoarthritis
Thoracic Spine Rotations
Prone Shoulder Extensions
Scapular Push Ups
Banded External Rotation Against Wall
Give these a try let us know if you feel a difference. This has worked with hundreds of clients that we have worked with both locally at our performance physical therapy clinic as well as with online training athletes that we program for.
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