My shoulder hurts...is it osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a very common problem. Most people know someone who is dealing with arthritis of at least one joint. Spine, hips, knees, and hands are the most common places for osteoarthritis to cause symptoms. However, any joint can be affected and a common question I hear when a patient presents with shoulder pain is: Do I have arthritis?
First, a bit of anatomy -- the shoulder is composed of two separate joints:
(1) the acromioclavicular joint where the collarbone meets the shoulder bone (2) the glenohumeral joint where the ball of the humerus articulates with the shoulder blade (scapula). Both joints can be affected by osteoarthritis. It is relatively uncommon for osteoarthritis to develop in the glenohumeral joint without a history of trauma or previous injury. We'll discuss that in a minute. First, let's review the acromioclavicular joint.
Causes of Shoulder Pain Besides Arthritis The glenohumeral joint is the most mobile j...
I have had osteoarthritis for many years, and, in spite of a wide variety of pills , medications, shots, physical therapy (in and out of warm water), creams, ointments, ad infinitum - including nine surgeries and joint transplants - I've been a survivor. All of the above, including a myriad of braces, crutches, canes and supports have been my idea of a good time, but I knew that, with hard work in therapy, and a little time, I would be better than ever!
In SPITE of all of these things, I've been able to continue my life as a photo-journalist traveling to many countries, photographing and even volunteer-teaching in parts of Africa including Madagascar , a life-time dream!
I've been incredibly spoiled because I've never had to endure really long, persistent bouts of pain. I've had a lot of pain, but knew I could somehow get through it! Recently, a new "factor" has entered my life, much to my dismay. I've been aware of the intensive amount of arthritis in my...
Welcome back to the Hall of Shame. By now you have learned that several types of shoes deserve to be in the Hall of Shame because they cause pain. Today's inductees into the Hall of Shame are purses and handbags that cause pain. Some are big and some are small. Some cause pain for no reason of their own. Take a look at your purse because maybe it is causing you to experience pain.
Somewhere in this world there must be a sign that says: "Woman with the biggest bag wins!" Honestly, some of these handbags really qualify as carry-on luggage or tote bags. Why do women need to tote around so much stuff? Sometimes I weigh purses in my clinic because I know the heavy ones cause so much back and neck pain . And I have actually told some women to put their purse on a diet. In these heavy lifters you will find brushes, makeup, notepads, mirrors, energy bars, water bottles, pacifiers, phones, and money (well, maybe just plastic). Have you weighed your purse lately?
And how many of yo...
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