Caring For The Most Used Joint In Our Bodies

According to Physiotherapy Bedfordview, the shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body, and is used every time you move your arm. Shoulders click, they crunch, they ache, and they dislocate fairly easily, which is quite annoying for a joint that we use in everyday life.

To understand why we have shoulder problems and injuries, you need to have a basic understanding of the anatomy and function of the shoulder. The shoulder is a very shallow ball-and-socket joint with three main bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), collarbone (clavicle), and the shoulder blade (scapula). These bones are held together by four small muscles (rotator cuff), tendons, and ligaments.

Here are some injury prevention tips:

Stay in shape: keep your body in good physical shape with regular exercise and a healthy diet. It is a way to stay well and it can help you avoid injury.

Exercise the right way: warm-up before you work out. Start slowly if you have not done a sport or an activity in a while. Learn how to lift weights correctly and don’t lift too much.

Watch out at work and home: make sure you do not injure your shoulder on the job or moving things around in the house.

  • Use good posture when you sit or stand.
  • Follow the rules for safe lifting: keep your back straight and use your legs.
  • If you work at a desk, make sure your work station is set up so that you can comfortably use your computer.

Sleeping: do not sleep on the same shoulder every night. Alternate sides.

Listen to your body: if your shoulder gets sore after any activity, do not ignore it.

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