Dr. Steinmann describes how a woman can prevent shoulder arthritis.
It’s difficult to, I am always careful about trying to get people that think that they should treat their shoulder in a different way, that there’s something is going to prevent further arthritis. I think it’s important after you have had surgery for shoulder arthritis to modify your activities, but the question is of course what can you do beforehand.
I think it’s actually a good idea to keep your shoulders moving, to keep a healthy sporting activity for your shoulders. It had not been shown that if you back off from activities and don’t do tennis, if you love tennis, golf if you love tennis, that modifying your activity that way will decrease the chance of the arthritis in your shoulders. It won’t happen and also I encourage my patients to live life to the fullest, use their shoulders as they want to in any sporting endeavor they have and if they have pain, they’ll come to us, we’ll get an x-ray, which is how we define the arthritis in the shoulder and then we can make some modifications.
For example, if a patient is a weight lifter, that’s a condition where I would probably say, “Well, I think your weightlifting days may need to be limited to a certain extent because that weightlifting will put tremendous stress on any joint, particularly in the upper extremity and potentially aggravating the arthritis and truly increasing the pain of the arthritis itself.”
About Dr. Steinmann, M.D.:
Dr. Scott P. Steinmann, M.D., is on orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minnesota. Dr. Steinmann received his medical training from Cornell University Medical College in New York, completed his residency in orthopedics at New York Orthopedic Hospital and completed a fellowships focusing on the shoulder and hand surgery from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine respectively.