Volume 3 - Issue 11

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Welcome to the November 2003 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. Protecting your Shoulders
  3. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center


  1. Osteoarthritis: Explained Simply
  2. Glucosamine and Osteoarthritis
  3. A Guide to Glucosamine Products
  4. Eight Tips to Control Arthritic Pain
  5. What You Need to Know Before Buying A Glucosamine Product
  6. Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
  7. Arthritis Message Board Community
  8. Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®

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Protecting your Shoulders


By J.R. Rogers

For those who are regular readers of this chronicle know that I am a strong advocate of exercise for those who suffer from arthritis. The benefits are powerful and at the same time, you have to use a little caution. This is one instance when I say do not tackle the problem with exercise; at least, not right away.

Soreness in One or Both Shoulders
Our shoulders allow us to perform a lot of wonderful activities that we take for granted. A day-to-day activity as simple as reaching up to a high shelf or scratching our backs is made possible by our shoulders. Of course, we can perform a lot of pretty energetic athletic exercises thanks to these wonderful joints.

When We have a Sore Shoulder
I have heard so many people tell me that they regularly have soreness in their shoulders and don't know what to do. Most just try to struggle along and hope that soreness and discomfort will go away. This is one area of the body where rest is definitely in order for a few days. If you try to continue normal activities, the odds are good that you are going to make matters worse.

Rest and Slowly Pick up a Normal Pace Again
Given the complexity of a shoulder joint, it is easy to see why it should be dealt with carefully. After all, who needs surgery when there are simpler ways (normally) of dealing with pain. Rest the shoulder and try these simple therapies.

Ice it Up
An ice pack applied to a sore shoulder is definitely in order the first few days. As best you can and as your schedule permits, apply a cold pack directly to the affected area for twenty-minute intervals off and on again. Usually, we can't spend all day doing this but do your best and when the discomfort is at its worst, spend the time to ice it.

If you are using a liquid glucosamine supplement which contains all-natural anti-inflammatories, continue to do so. In most cases, this will eliminate the need to use any other kind of pain medication.

The Short-term Solution Usually Works
If shoulder pain or discomfort goes on for only a few days at a time, it is normally a "joint-related" discomfort. (If it goes longer than a week then you should call your doctor. Shoulder pain may indicate that it is being transferred from your spine, neck, liver and even your gall bladder. Fortunately, that is rare and normally it is just a little temporary joint pain.)

Bursitis and Tendonitis
The tendons and muscles of the rotator cuff are what hold the upper arm bone in the joint. The tendons and bursa (fluid filled sacs that surround the tendons) often become inflamed or swollen when they are pinched between the bones. Dislocation, cartilage damage, fracture and rotator cuff tearing also are factors.

Stretching for Healthy Shoulders
Even if you have some discomfort, try to continue to maintain at least minimal motion and exercise of the affected shoulder. Do some simple stretching to keep the joint limber (or, as limber as possible).

However, this should not be done during the first few days. Stay with at least 3-4 days of rest and icing; then once you begin to feel the discomfort diminishing, start a slow and simple routine of activity.

See you next time.

Have Questions? Email me
I hope these tips have helped. Do not give up on the fight against your arthritis. I know pain can be extremely difficult, exhausting, and depressing. Please email me if you have any questions. I can be reached at jr@arthritis-glucosamine.net. I will do my best to answer all questions within two weekdays.

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8 Tips to Control Arthritic Pain


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This concludes the November Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on December 1st! Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.

 

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