Joint Arthrtis (AC Arthritis)
Rest, Medication, Physical Therapy
can be treated with a combination of the following non-operative
– You should avoid movements that stress your
shoulder, like push-ups, lifting, overhead activities,
and throwing. Depending on the severity of damage to
your shoulder, your physician may prescribe relative
rest, where you cut back on your level of activity,
or complete rest lasting two days to two weeks.
– When the pain is acute, your physician may prescribe
a removable sling, which holds your arm in a bent position
across your chest.
– To lessen inflammation and pain, ice packs can
be applied for 20 minutes at a time, three or four times
– Acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen can help
alleviate discomfort. Your physician also may prescribe
a corticosteroid injection to reduce inflammation.
therapy – Your physician can refer you to a physical
therapist to begin range of motion and strengthening
The first stage of physical therapy
usually involves shoulder shrugging and passive range
of motion exercises with the assistance of your physical
therapist. Your therapist may hold your collarbone and
shoulder blade and help you move your shoulder in different
directions. After five to seven days, most people can
begin active range of motion exercises on their own.
You can usually begin performing light resistance exercises
with elastic bands in the second week of physical therapy.
Because weightlifter’s shoulder can be aggravated
by repeated shoulder strain, rehabilitation usually
progresses slowly. For a few weeks, most patients are
instructed to avoid heavy weights and bold arm movements,
such as bench presses and push-ups. Between weeks three
and six, depending on the severity of your injury, you
can begin more intense strengthening exercises for the
rotator cuff, chest, and back muscles. When the attachment
between your collarbone and shoulder blade is strong
enough to withstand stress, rehabilitation tends to
become more activity-oriented. Sport-specific exercises
and coordination drills under the supervision of your
physical therapist or coach can help prepare you to
return to sports and activities.