External Rotation Strengthening with Manual Distraction for Individuals with Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis

Nicole D. Nicholas, Steven B. Ambler

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Abstract

OSTEOARTHRITIS CAN LEAD TO MOVEMENT LIMITATIONS, WHICH ARE A BARRIER FOR STRENGTH TRAINING. IN SOME INSTANCES WHERE IMPROVED STRENGTH IS KNOWN TO DECREASE SYMPTOMS AND IMPROVE PATIENT REPORTED FUNCTION, THERE EXISTS A DIFFICULTY IN DEVELOPING TRAINING ROUTINES THAT ADDRESS THE WEAKNESS WITHOUT SYMPTOM AGGRAVATION. THIS ARTICLE AIMS TO DESCRIBE A TECHNIQUE TO DECREASE PAIN AND IMPROVE JOINT MOTION WHILE STRENGTHENING THE ROTATOR CUFF IN INDIVIDUALS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE GLENOHUMERAL JOINT. A DESCRIPTION OF THE EXERCISE IS PROVIDED USING MANUAL DISTRACTION TO REDUCE COMPRESSIVE AND SHEAR FORCES WHILE ALLOWING FOR PAIN-FREE PERFORMANCE AND STRENGTHENING OF THE ROTATOR CUFF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-84
Number of pages5
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 4 2015
Externally publishedYes

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