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How to Manage Shoulder Osteoarthritis with Physiotherapy

physiotherapy for shoulder osteoarthritis

Shoulder osteoarthritis is a condition characterized by the progressive degeneration of cartilage in the shoulder joint. It can cause severe and chronic pain and can significantly reduce movement in the affected area, making everyday activities difficult or even impossible. Fortunately, physio can help to manage this condition and improve the quality of life for those who suffer from it.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a form of medical treatment that involves physical exercises, hot/cold compresses, and other physical interventions designed to restore movement and function after an injury or illness. Physiotherapists design individualized treatment plans tailored to the needs of their patients based on their condition, lifestyle, and goals. This type of therapy is used for a variety of conditions ranging from sports injuries to chronic illnesses such as arthritis.

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Shoulder Osteoarthritis

Physiotherapy can be extremely beneficial for people suffering from shoulder osteoarthritis. The primary goal of a physiotherapist is to reduce pain and increase mobility in the affected area while also preventing further damage or deterioration. Through a combination of stretching exercises, soft tissue techniques, strengthening exercises, posture corrections, and more, physiotherapists can help their patients restore movement in their shoulders while decreasing pain levels and improving the overall quality of life. In addition to helping with physical symptoms, physiotherapists may also provide advice on lifestyle changes that could benefit the patient’s health overall (such as quitting smoking or losing weight).

Shoulder osteoarthritis can be a debilitating condition that makes everyday activities difficult or even impossible. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms such as pain and reduced mobility. One such treatment is physiotherapy which uses various physical interventions such as exercise programs, soft tissue techniques, hot/cold compresses, etc., to reduce pain levels and improve mobility in the affected area while also providing advice on lifestyle changes that may benefit the patient’s health overall.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment. Eric Bowman is a physiotherapist in Waterloo.

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Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT

Physiotherapist Eric Bowman graduated with a B.Sc. in Honours Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2013 where he studied under world famous back researcher Stuart McGill. After completing his B.Sc. he researched exercise and osteoporosis under Lora Giangregorio at the UW Bone Health lab before completing his Masters of Physical Therapy at Western University in 2015 and becoming Canadian Powerlifting Union Coaching Workshop Certified in 2018. Eric’s areas of interest are rehabilitation for sports injuries, the elderly, and people with chronic pain. Outside of his clinical work Eric also contributes to course development and guest lecturing in the Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo and has contributed to course development and review in the Western University Physiotherapy program. Eric has also competed in powerlifting.

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