Arcadia, MO

Arcadia, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Arcadia, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It makes any basic task from pouring a cup of coffee to making a breakaway layup painful and, sometimes, not even an option. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes PT in Arcadia, MO, our experienced physical therapists specialize in tailored treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Let us help you make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Schedule an appointment online or reach out to our location nearest you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Arcadia, MO

The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most complex joints. In truth, it is a compound of four joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow dish, it has the widest range of motion as any other human 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 formed by the collarbone the sternum at the foundation of the neck. This joint is where the arm and torso meet, it links the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is not a true anatomical joint as it does not have ligaments connecting it to bone. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the thoracic cage.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the humerus, which are responsible for movement and keep the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the joints in the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which allow muscles to power the bones
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow the brain to tell the shoulder and arm to move and the shoulder to tell the brain when it feels pain or other sensory information
  • the arteries that supply much-needed blood to the shoulder

Proper shoulder strength, flexibility, and movement depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Blood must flow freely to the shoulder maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons connecting them to the bones must be intact and strong, the ligaments connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, and messages most be able to be sent and received between the brain and shoulder. When any one of the parts of the shoulder is damaged, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, it can lead to a disruption of the entire complex, and anywhere from nagging to intense shoulder pain or loss of function. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to falls, a work injury from repeated activities to old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Arcadia, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between tissues. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because inflamed after repeated activities, often occurs in combination with shoulder impingement, and can make basic activities like getting dressed incredibly painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: The result of a sudden blow, repeated throwing, or other overhead activities common in some sports and occupations, such as track and field throwing events or lifting boxes above your head.
    • Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we age.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, such a blow to the shoulder, or repetitive movements or old age. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which go all the way through the tendon, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when sleeping, and a clicking feeling when performing certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of soft tissue rubbing against your shoulder blade. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings after an injury. 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 allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become damaged, 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 happens in combination with injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are at least six kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the form that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include old age, repeated trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Arcadia, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, and scapula are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They usually happen as the result of falling from a height or high-impact collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, along with substantial swelling and bruising.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are impinged on, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves burst. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, numbness, and loss of feeling in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also occur because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Arcadia, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Arcadia, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a customized treatment plan with knowledgeable physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Arcadia, MO can be a successful way to get you back to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Arcadia, MO

Your personalized and evidence-backed physical therapy treatment plan may include:

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Arcadia, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Arcadia, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A healthy shoulder is important to not only living our every day life, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for Arcadia, MO residents by implementing proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment through our website or find our location nearest you.

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