Did you ever start feeling pain when your were young? What did you think? Maybe tough it up, work through it, or pain makes you stronger. Well if you are reading this and are in your 20’s then start exercising and stretching. This can be an early sign to arthritis.
Now I am not writing this to promote anything I am going by experience since high school. I am now 36 and I have been in consistent pain for the last 3 years. My doctor is an idiot and would not refer me to a specialist so I went to a Physician Assistant and she willing wrote me a referral. I do not go till June, but I am sure I have a form of arthritis.
When I was in high school my shoulder would be stiff at the end of the week from carrying my backpack loaded with books. I always carried the garbage out with one hand, I think this started bothering my knuckles and wrist. When I got my first job it was in fast food. I made burgers, cooked burgers, washed dishes, cleaned, and count money. This went one for 12 years. Overtime I think my wrist has worn down. I wish I listen to my parents and high school teachers when I was young maybe I would not be in the pain I am today.
According to Healthline there are 5 types of arthritis that affect your shoulder. Please pay attention and read this because it is better to know sooner rather than later.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. Unfortunately it is not predictable to where it will occur. It is an autoimmune disorder that attacks your body tissue. It effects the lining in your joints which causes them to swell. This can get really painful with inflamed joints. If you think you have this I suggest you to ask your doctor.
Osteoarthritis is know as a degenerative joint disease. It is more likely for people over 60 to get this form of arthritis. Although weigh, overuse, continuous use, injures to the joints, or athletes may cause this form of arthritis. If you are over weight, as am I, lose a few pounds. I will suggest Nutrisystem, because I have been on it for 6 months and have lost 65 pounds. It has great food and is flexible. It works! If you are predominate right or left handed teach yourself to use your opposite hand for texting, using your mouse, even eating and drinking. Your joints need a break so give it to them.
Post-Traumatic Arthritis (PTA)
Post-Traumatic Arthritis is osteoarthritis that develops as a result to prior hip trauma. The severity of the arthritis depends on the trauma that caused the injury. This happens when someone has a dislocated joint, twisted ankle, sprung knee, and more. The way to treat this is by motion and possibly surgery. If you have an accident that hurts your joint talk to your doctor.
Avascular Necrosis (AVN)
Avascular Necrosis occurs when there is loss on blood to the bone. This may happen due to dislocated joints, broken bones, or excessive use of alcohol. This is rare only about 20,000 people a year. It is better to use a little caution than it is to be careless. Always be through after you have been injured, if you are not it can led to more problems. Also be aware of causes of what you eat and drink. If you are unaware if your food is good or bad then Google it.
Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy
Rotator cuff tear arthropathy is a severe and complex form of shoulder arthritis in which the shoulder has lost not only the cartilage that normally covers its joint surface but also the tendons of the rotator cuff tear which help position and power the joint. A rip in the tendons of the rotator cuff commonly causes this. This is more than likely to happen following a trauma. Always talk to your doctor and follow his advice.
What To Do?
Finally I want to make sure everyone has fun in life. Also use caution and be smart. Heavy lifting can cause rips and tears in your joints and ligaments. If a item is more than 60 pounds always ask for help.Also lift with your knees not your back, squat and lift straight up. One of my lifelong mistakes is using only one hand when I could use both. If you use both it distributes weight over your chest. This will make lifting easier on your body overtime.
Madell, R & Higuera (2015) 5 Types of Arthritis That Affect the Shoulder, Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/shoulder-arthritis-types#Overview1
UW Medicine: Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (2013)
Shoulder Arthritis and Rotator Cuff Tears, Retrieved from http://www.orthop.washington.edu/?q=patient-care/articles/shoulder/shoulder-arthritis-and-rotator-cuff-tears.html