Shoulder Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Shoulder Osteoarthritis Symptoms

shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms are common

Shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms are common due to the large range of motion that makes the shoulder unstable.

If you haven’t already please read What is Osteoarthritis before you read this more in-depth page on the shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms.

Primary osteoarthritis (degeneration that occurs for no apparent reason) is reasonably common in the shoulder due to the large range of motion. You only have to compare your movement with a cat or dog who have very limited sideways movement even though they have the same basic anatomy as us humans do.

However if there has been a history of trauma, such as recurrent sprains and strains or a fracture then it is even more likely that you will get shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms later in life.

First let me explain the anatomy of the shoulder.

Shoulder Anatomy

The shoulder is made up of two joints: the glenohumeral (GH) joint between the top of the arm bone (the humerus) and the socket for the humerus (the glenoid fossa) and the acromioclavicular (AC) joint where the collar bone (the clavicle) meets the shoulder blade (the scapula). You can get shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms in either one or both of these joints.

Shoulder anatomy contributes to the cause of  osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a wearing of the articular cartilage. This is the cushioning material that covers the end of the bones and it acts as a shock absorber and prevents friction on the bone. It has no nerve endings in it but bone does, so as the cartilage wears the bone is protected less and the joint becomes painful. In severe cases, bone rubs on bone and this is the time to get a joint replacement.

Shoulder Osteoarthritis Symptoms

These are the most common shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms. As a general rule you will get one, some or all of the following symptoms:

♦  The most common of the shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms is pain. You usually get local pain felt in the front or over the top of the shoulder joint. The pain is felt when you are exercising/active and decreases/stops when you rest. The pain may spread down the arm, mostly in the upper part but can go all the way into the hand, usually as a deep ache.

♦  One of the earliest shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms is you feel stiff in the morning or after sitting around for a while, but this will go on moving around. How long this lasts depends on how bad your osteoarthritis is.

♦  Your shoulder joint may have what is called ‘crepitus’ which means it grates and cracks.

♦  As your shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms progress your shoulder joint movement will decrease movement and everyday things like pulling on a shirt, doing a bra up or combing your hair becomes difficult.

So if you have any of these shoulder osteoarthritis symptoms it really is a good idea to get properly checked out to confirm osteoarthritis rather than another type of arthritis. Once you have done that sign up for my free 3 day course and learn how to manage it properly.