A common theme I’ve noted in my work as a physical therapist is a loss of confidence in all areas of life that usually accompany a decline in physical function, particularly in older adults.
Once it happens, it leads to a long road to rebuild this confidence and often leaves those it happens to never getting back to the place they were before.
And it makes so much sense. A loss of physical abilities leads to difficulty leaving home, participating in much loved activities, and creating a dependency on others for survival. This quickly leads to feeling of isolation, depression, and loneliness which further perpetuates the cycle of decline.
So… armed with this information how can you prevent this from happening in your future?
On one hand, it’s not entirely possible to prevent every medical event. Even those who make all the right lifestyle choices can still end up with a chronic condition. On the other hand, however, we can all choose how we will react to and...
There is a common misconception that muscle weakness around a joint always causes pain within that joint. This could not be further from the truth! It is possible to have a weak and painful joint, but sometimes people also have pain when they are strong. Pain is often more complicated than faulty body mechanics or muscle weakness.
For the shoulder joint in particular, there are indicators outside of pain that point to muscle imbalances within the joint. These might include:
If you are experiencing any of these you could benefit from a shoulder strengthening program! Shoulders provide stability for use of the arm and hand, so shoulder joint health is very important. Consider seeing a physical or occupational therapist for an appropriate shoulder exercise progression based on your needs.