Osteoarthritis in the shoulder is associated with normal, age related degenerative changes. Osteoarthritis often presents gradually over a period of several months or years, with increased stiffness and pain. You may find your movement and function of the shoulder is restricted and feels stiff. Such simple tasks such as dressing or reaching up a height are more difficult  than you would expect.  

Osteoarthritis is commonly seen in the acromioclavicular joint, which is the bony prominence on the top of your shoulder where the collar bone joins the shoulder blade. You may find that the joint is enlarged, it may be painful to touch, and you may struggle with overhead activities such as lifting or reaching.  

Osteoarthritis in the glenohumeral joint, which is the main ball and socket joint that forms the shoulder is not as commonly seen as it is in the acromioclavicular joint. Arthritis within the main shoulder joint is more commonly associated with a history of injury or trauma such as a fracture, or surgery to your shoulder or upper arm many years ago 

Maintaining the shoulders movement, strength and function is important and the exercises on the right of the screen will help you self-manage your shoulder. 

Please refer to the bell ringer exercises on the right if you are struggling with movement in the shoulder, and the shoulder strengthening exercises to improve the strength in the shoulder and arm. 

Bell Ringer Exercise Videos

If you are struggling to move your shoulder due to pain and have a reduced range of movement and function, please CLICK HERE TO VIEW range of movement exercises (bell ringers) or watch the videos below.

Bell ringer exercises for your shoulder part 1

Bell ringer exercises for your shoulder part 2

Shoulder Strengthening Exercise Videos

If your shoulder movement is good but the main problem is discomfort, please see the shoulder loading exercises on the right side of this screen. You will see a booklet with an array of exercises in that you can mix and match to suit your needs and abilities.

Or click here to view the full playlist on youtube