Affton, MO

Affton, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Affton, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how hard it can be to manage. It can make any daily task from pouring a cup of coffee to diving for a softball painful and, in some cases, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Affton, MO, our professional physical therapists specialize in customized treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Allow us to turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Make an appointment through our website or reach out to our location nearest you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Affton, MO

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most complex joints we have. In actuality, what we call the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Given the relatively shallow dish, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle meets the sternum at the base of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, it it ensures your arm and body move in tandem.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is more of a “floating” joint as it does not have typical joint characteristics. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the part of rib cage at the back of our bodies.

In order to support those four joints, the shoulder is made up of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the humerus, which allow for movement movement and keep the ball of the upper arm bone stable
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses the joints in the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which allow muscles to power the bones
  • the brachial plexus nerves that send motor messages from the brain to muscles and sensory information (like pain) from the joints back to the brain
  • the blood vessels that pump nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must function well. Blood must be allowed to reach the shoulder keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments connecting bones need to help maintain structure, and the brain and shoulder need to have clear communication with each other. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a breakdown of the entire network, and anywhere from nagging to debilitating shoulder pain or loss of function. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.


Shoulder Pain Affton, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Affton


What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder has so many moving parts, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, from sports injuries to falls, a work injury from overuse to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. Below are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Affton, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between muscles, bones, tendons, and skin. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming irritated after overuse, often occurs at the same time as rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make basic activities like getting dressed exceedingly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and occupations, such as swimming or moving objects above your head.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of wear and tear or general weakness as we age.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by acute injuries, like a blow to the shoulder, or more chronic in nature. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial thickness tears unknowingly. Complete tears, where the tendon is no longer attached whatsoever to the bone, often require surgery. Symptoms include pain with certain movements, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a grinding feeling with specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (outer edge of your scapula) rubs against the soft tissue in your shoulder. It often occurs in combination with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, and is most common in athletes or others who engage in physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, and also can be the result of injury or overuse. A dislocation can be partial, coming in and out of the socket, or complete when the bone completely comes out of the socket. It often is accompanied by injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, frequent trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management can be found with Affton, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, and scapula are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They usually happen as the result of falling from a height or high-energy collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually intense, and the shoulder will experience considerable inflammation and bruising.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves are otherwise damaged. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are usually the result of sudden trauma but can also occur because of wear and tear.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as a dislocation that leads to damage to the nerves. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Affton, MO may help you discover the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Affton, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with professional physical therapists and movement health specialists in Affton, MO can be a great way to get you back to the activities you love.

How Do Affton, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your customized and proven physical therapy treatments may include:

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 states that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Affton, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our experienced physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to ensure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

Shoulder Pain Affton, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Affton

Affton, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A healthy shoulder is essential to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Affton, MO clients by creating evidence-backed treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. You do not have to delay in getting back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment through our website or find the location nearest you.

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