Say Goodbye to Shoulder Pain to Avoid Reverse Shoulder Replacement.
Shoulder pain can occur when the joints wear over time due to repetitive movements, such as those encountered at work or during sports.
Worse cases could require you to have a reverse shoulder replacement. This is why it’s important to be aware of our lifestyle habits and recognize when we engage in repetitive motions that could put our shoulder joints at risk for wear and tear.
In this article, we will discuss how shoulder joints wear over time and what we can do to reduce the risk of experiencing shoulder pain due to joint wear.
Joints wear overtime from repetitive movements, so it’s important to take care of your shoulder. Discover how to keep your shoulder healthy and reduce pain to avoid reverse shoulder replacement in the future.
Shoulder Pain and Quality of Life
As a strong joint with a flexible design, the shoulder is vulnerable to osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions. Bad habits today can lead to musculoskeletal issues in the future.
People who suffer from shoulder pain may find it challenging to perform their daily activities, participate in social activities, and has a poor overall quality of life. Shoulder pain most impacts poor quality of life among various types of musculoskeletal pain in middle-aged and older people.
That is why it’s important to impose lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise routines and physical activity, to improve health-related quality of life and reduce stress caused by shoulder pain.
Bad Habits that Harm Your Shoulder
Shoulders often sustain sudden traumatic injuries or develop wear-and-tear conditions over their lifetime. We typically find that repetitive strain problems are responsible for bad habits that damage the shoulder.
Make an effort to avoid these bad habits that might be making your shoulder pain worse, so you can avoid reverse shoulder replacement in the future:
Having a bad posture.
As a result of poor posture, the tendon can become pinched and rub against the shoulder’s natural padding.
Slouching, hunching, sliding down when seated, and other seemingly harmless positions ultimately contribute to pinching and shoulder impingement syndrome over time. As a result, inflammation and swelling occur, causing pain in the shoulder region.
Poor workstation ergonomics can also lead to bad posture and worsen shoulder pain. Sit properly by firmly planting your feet on the floor or a footrest. Relax your shoulders. Use a back support or adjust your chair to rest behind your lower and middle back.
Stand tall with your shoulders pulled back and chest out when standing up. Your arms should hang naturally down the sides of your body.
Lifting heavy loads away from your body.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, keeping the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shoulder’s shallow socket.
Lifting a heavy object with an extended arm can injure or tear the rotator cuff tendons. It can also happen when you fall or try to catch a falling heavy object. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, it’s a sign something is wrong.
The range of motion of your upper arm will be intact, but you’ll feel pain on the outside of the arm, especially when using your arm overhead. Perform shoulder stretches
Lack of strength training.
Some joint problems occur from overuse. Turns out, the shoulder thrives with use.
Shoulder pain not caused by dislocation or arthritis begins as a tight shoulder. It is the everyday use of joints that keeps them loose, so when you stop using your shoulder, it tightens up. Playing a sport or exercising without warmup can also tighten your joints.
The solution is stretching. Stretching gently throughout the day would be best to regain your flexibility whenever you feel shoulder pain. Having a stiff shoulder is painful, but stretching allows for motion and relieves stiffness. Moving the shoulder more often will improve its condition.
What You Can Do To Avoid Shoulder Pain
Keeping the joints healthy, strong, and flexible is the key to warding off shoulder injuries and avoiding reverse shoulder replacement in the future. Many of the strategies to do this are the same ones that will reduce fall or fracture risk.
Proper posture ensures your bones and joints, especially the shoulders, are aligned properly. It will also allow you to use your muscles effectively.
Lifting small weights or doing body-weight exercises such as planks or modified push-ups will build stronger bones and shoulder muscles.
A daily stretching routine that includes a warmup (such as two minutes of marching in place) is important to make muscles long, supple, and better able to react quickly if you lose your balance.
Keeping your shoulder muscles and tendons flexible makes them less likely to tear with activity.
Exercises such as tai chi and yoga require slow, focused movements that challenge and improve balance, reducing fall risk. These practices can also strengthen and stretch shoulder muscles.
See a Specialist in Florida for Reverse Shoulder Replacement
If, unfortunately, you need surgery for some types of shoulder injuries, visit All-Pro Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Florida.
Reverse total shoulder replacement is ideal for patients with torn rotator cuffs and tendon inflammation, partly because it results in the body using different muscles.
With reverse replacement, the patient can control his arm through the deltoid muscle instead of relying on the rotator cuff. Avoid shoulder pain by stretching regularly.
Improved lifestyle habits can reduce the need for reverse shoulder replacement in the future. If you would need it, contact All-Pro Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at (954) 332-1110.
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