Can I Still Train With a Clicking Shoulder?

A sensation of clicking may arise within the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder complex. The glenohumeral joint is comprised of the glenoid fossa (shallow socket) and the humeral head (ball).

For the ‘ball’ to move within the ‘socket,’ and thus allow movement of the humerus, the ball needs to spin and glide across the socket’s surface. For example, as the arm is raised, the humeral head glides downwards. The job of the rotator cuff (a group of four muscles that cross this joint), is to provide stability and control of the two bones as they move against each other.

A sensation of clicking then, may arise when the rotator cuff is not working optimally. (Noting that this is only one potential reason for clicking in this joint). Over time and under loading, the sub-optimal control of the glenohumeral joint may lead to reduced cartilage and tendon health, as the ‘ball’ does not sit and move evenly with the ‘socket.’

Keeping all of the muscles aroung the shoulder complex strong as we age is very important for this and several other reasons. So, lifting weights with some clicking is likley better than not training in the gym at all. Of course, each situation is specific to each individual. A good physio will design a training program specific to the individual’s anatomy, to optimise glenohumeral joint control and its long term health.

Yes, this may still include bench pressing and shoudler presses, but will most likely involve more specific rotator cuff exercises as well.The main message is that your program should ideally be specific and balanced to your anatomy and medical history.

Feel free to contact us today for more information on optimising the health of your shoulder joints long term.

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